Geoffrey of Monmouth develops the myth of Arthur

Geoffrey of Monmouth develops the myth of Arthur

Geoffrey of Monmouth

12th century

England

Manuscript

Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia regum Britanniae (History of the Kings of Britain) was a hugely popular work of mythmaking, which pretended to translate an ancient book in Welsh, but which owes its narrative of pre-Saxon British kings to an amalgam of legends, previous histories and Geoffrey’s fertile imagination. It was most likely written in the 1130s and in Oxford, where Geoffrey spent much of his career. His account of King Arthur fired the imaginations of many other chroniclers and romance writers; this passage recounts the death of Uther and Arthur’s coming to power.

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24/04/2012

Lorraine Gehring

How many copies of Geoffrey of Monmouth's "History" survive today?

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