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The History of the Kings of Britain: An Edition and Translation of the de Gestis Britonum (Historia Regum Brittannie) - Michael D. Reeve
The History of the Kings of Britain: An Edition and Translation of the de Gestis Britonum (Historia Regum Brittannie)
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This imaginative history of the Britons, written in the twelfth century, contains the first appearance of many mythical figures, King Lear and King Arthur among them. It rapidly became a `bestseller' across the British Isles and Europe: over 200 manuscripts survive. Here, an authoritative version... show more
This imaginative history of the Britons, written in the twelfth century, contains the first appearance of many mythical figures, King Lear and King Arthur among them. It rapidly became a `bestseller' across the British Isles and Europe: over 200 manuscripts survive. Here, an authoritative version of the text is presented with a facing translation, prepared especially for the volume. It also contains a full introduction and notes.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781843834410 (1843834413)
Publisher: Boydell Press
Pages no: 307
Edition language: English
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Tower of Iron Will
Tower of Iron Will rated it
3.0 Medieval British Propaganda
Historia Regum Britanniae is a highly mythologized, and possibly fictional, history of Britain prior to the Anglo-Saxon conquest. Published in 1136, the work covers 2,000 years between the Fall of Troy to the reign of Cadwallader the last non-Saxon king. Geoffrey claims to have translated an ancient...
Blogs Don't Burn
Blogs Don't Burn rated it
2.5
I feel I need not speak at any length about the dubious amount of actual history contained in this influential little volume, nor would I bet money on Monmouth believing in the strict historicity of his work when he wrote it. Monmouth does, unfortunately, believe a little to readily in the patriotic...
AnHeC (I'm too fucking busy and vice versa)
AnHeC (I'm too fucking busy and vice versa) rated it
4.0
Don't read it in one go. Full of legends and names. Apart from that, awesome in it's own right.
helenliz
helenliz rated it
4.0 The History of the Kings of Britain
I'm uncertain of how to file this. It's presented as history, but that's slightly "history" in the sense that Herodotus wrote "history" as well. It is and it isn't. It purports to tell the history of the kings of Britain, from the founding of the nation by Brutus, to the point at which the Saxons ga...
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