The History Of The Kings Of Britain

Paperback | January 27, 1977

byOf Monmouth Geoffrey Of MonmouthTranslated byLewis ThorpeIntroduction byLewis Thorpe

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Completed in 1136, this classic chronicle 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.
 
Lewis Thorpe’s translation from the Latin brings us an accurate and enthralling version of Geoffrey’s remarkable narrative. His introduction discusses in depth the aims of the author and his possible sources, and describes the impact of this work on British literature.

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 Completed in 1136, Geoffrey of Monmouth’s The History of the Kings of Britain is an important piece of English literature that documents a time that would otherwise be inaccessible. This epic work spans 2,000 years, from the founding of Britain by Brutus to the coming of the Saxons. Names like Lear, Cymbaline and Arthur are recorded h...

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Completed in 1136, this classic chronicle 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 ...

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This heroic epic of the twelfth century, describing such half-legendary kings as Cymbeline, Arthur, and Lear, inspired Malory, Spenser, Shakespeare, and many other writers.

This heroic epic of the twelfth century, describing such half-legendary kings as Cymbeline, Arthur, and Lear, inspired Malory, Spenser, Shakespeare, and many other writers.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 7.78 × 5.07 × 0.87 inPublished:January 27, 1977Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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Table of Contents

Translated with an Introduction by Lewis Thorpe

Introduction
1. Geoffrey's Purpose
2. Who was Geoffrey of Monmouth?
3. Geoffrey's Sources
4. The Work Itself
5. Geoffrey the Artist
6. Geoffrey of Monmouth down the Centuries
7. Editions of the Historia
8. Earlier Translations
9. This Translation
10. Acknowledgments

Notes to the Introduction
Short Bibliography of Works Used in the Introduction and in the Notes
Map of Britain
Dedication

Part One: Brutus Occupies the Island of Albion

Part Two: Before the Romans Came

Part Three: The Coming of the Romans

Part Four: The House of Constantine

Part Five: The Prophecies of Merlin

Part Six: The House of Constantine (Continued)

Part Seven: Arthur of Britain

Part Eight: The Saxon Domination

Time Chart
Index

From Our Editors

 Completed in 1136, Geoffrey of Monmouth’s The History of the Kings of Britain is an important piece of English literature that documents a time that would otherwise be inaccessible. This epic work spans 2,000 years, from the founding of Britain by Brutus to the coming of the Saxons. Names like Lear, Cymbaline and Arthur are recorded here for the first time with the impassioned language of word-of-mouth. This remarkably vivid narrative has a historical spirit so exciting that it’s really hard to put down.