The History of the Kings of Britain (Paperback)Geoffrey of Monmouth (author), Lewis Thorpe (author of introduction,translator)
Paperback 384 Pages
Completed in 1136, The History of the Kings of Britain traces the story of the realm from its supposed foundation by Brutus to the coming of the Saxons some two thousand years later. Vividly portraying legendary and semi-legendary figures such as Lear, Cymbeline, Merlin the magician and the most famous of all British heroes, King Arthur, it is as much myth as it is history and its veracity was questioned by other medieval writers. But Geoffrey of Monmouth's powerful evocation of illustrious men and deeds captured the imagination of subsequent generations, and his influence can be traced through the works of Malory, Shakespeare, Dryden and Tennyson.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 281 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm
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“Nearly 1000 years old and still fascinating!”
For something written nearly a millennium ago, this is a very readable account of what those in Norman-Britain thought was the history of the country that had only been invaded a generation ago. It echoes the Aeneid,... More
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