Lewis Thorpe

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Lewis Guy Melville Thorpe FRSA FRHistS (5 November 1913 – 10 October 1977)[1][2] was a British philologist and translator. He was married to the Italian scholar and lexicographer Barbara Reynolds.

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 Marylebone Cricket Club.

Thorpe was born in Croydon.[3] He died in Nottingham in 1977.[1]


  • 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.

As editor[edit]

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

As translator[edit]


  1. ^ a b UK and Ireland, Obituary Index, 2004-2018
  2. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
  3. ^ England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915
  • Lewis Thorpe's translation of Gerald of Wales, The Journey Through Wales and The Description of Wales (Penguin Books, 1978)
  • History of the Kings of Britain, Penguin 1973 reprint