Lewis Thorpe

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Lewis Thorpe L.-ès-L. D. de l'U FIAL FRSA FRHistS was a British philologist, translator, and husband of the Italian scholar and lexicographer Barbara Reynolds. He died on 10 October 1977.

After service in Italy in the Second World War, Lewis Thorpe joined the staff of the University of Nottingham in 1946. He was Professor of French there from 1958 to 1977. He served as President of the British Branch of the International Arthurian Society and was a member of the MCC.


  • La France guerrière. Penguin, 1945.
  • Le roman de Laurin, fils de Marques le Sénéchal. 1950.
  • Le roman de Laurin: text of MS B. N. F. fr. 22548. Cambridge: Heffer, 1960.
  • Guido Farina, Painter of Verona, 1896-1957. 1967 (with Barbara Reynolds).
  • Heldris de Cornouaille, Le roman de Silence. Cambridge: Heffer, 1972.
  • The Bayeux Tapestry and the Norman Invasion. 1973.

Lewis Thorpe as editor[edit]

  • Bulletin bibliographique of the International Arthurian Society
  • Nottingham Mediaeval Studies
  • Nottingham Franch Studies

Lewis Thorpe as translator[edit]


This entry is partly based on the biographical sketches on the flyleaves of Lewis Thorpe's translation of Gerald of Wales, The Journey Through Wales and The Description of Wales (Penguin Books, 1978) and of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain, Penguin 1973 reprint.