Lewis Thorpe  

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“With Harun al-Rashid, King of the Persians, who held almost the whole of the East in fee, always excepting India, Charlemagne was on such friendly terms that Harun valued his good will more than the approval of all the other kings and princes in the entire world, and considered that he alone was worthy of being honored and propitiated with gifts. When Charlemagne's messengers, who he had sent with offerings to the most Holy Sepulcher of our Lord and Savior and to the place of His resurrection, came to Harun and told him of their master's intention, he not only granted all that he was asked but even went so far as to agree that this sacred scene of our redemption should be placed under Charlemagne‟s own jurisdiction.” (Einhard and Notker the Stammerer, Two lives of Charlemagne, Lewis Thorpe, Penguin Books, New York, 1969. p. 70.)

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Lewis Thorpe 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

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

Lewis Thorpe as translator

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