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The History of the Kings of Britain

How the work came into being, and how accurate its contents are, are important questions to be argued over again and again. However, few would argue over its importance and contribution to literature; for without it the legend of King Arthur would surely not have developed. Here we offer you the opportunity to dip into 'Historia Regum Brittaniae'.


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Who was Geoffrey of Monmouth? The Work Itself 5.

The First Variant Version

Geoffrey the Artist 6. Geoffrey of Monmouth down the Centuries 7. Editions of the Historia 8. Earlier Translations 9.

Geoffrey of Monmouth, The History of the Kings of Britain

This Translation Join Reader Rewards and earn your way to a free book! Join Reader Rewards and earn points when you purchase this book from your favorite retailer. Paperback —. Add to Cart. In the Vita Merlini, a 1,line Latin poem, Geoffrey tells the story of Merlin, a legendary Welsh prophet and prince, whose prophecies formed one part of the Historia.

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Merlin goes mad as he watches a ferocious battle and flees to the forest, thwarting all attempts to make him return to the court, whose follies he bitterly reveals. This work carries further Geoffrey's concern with the hero who finds antagonism between his own desires and the values of society.

History of the Kings of Britain

In Geoffrey was designated bishop of St. Asaph on the border of England and Wales.

In the years following his death, his Historia became widely, though not unanimously, accepted as factual and influenced serious historians of the Britons and the English for centuries. The most thorough, though controversial, study of Geoffrey's art is J. Tatlock, The Legendary History of Britain Also useful is the chapter on Geoffrey in Roger S.


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Loomis, ed. For a recent analysis of the themes and intellectual context of the Historia regum Britanniae see Robert W. Geoffrey of Monmouth.


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