The History of the Kings of Britain

By: Geoffrey of Monmouth; Introduction-Lewis Thorpe; Preface-Richard Barber

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Factory sealed in slipcase. . . . . . Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain (as it is usually called) was, during the Middle Ages, one of the most influential books yet written in Britain. It was perhaps exceeded in European importance only by the Venerable Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People -- and Geoffrey's Historia Regum Britanniae is presented as a companion to Bede, covering topics that Bede, a mere Anglo-Saxon interloper, never knew. It purports to give the real history of the islands, from the advent of Brutus the Trojan and his followers to the successors of Arthur. If one adds its numerous translations into vernacular languages (it was, of course, written in Latin -- only the English understood English) one can agree with the medievalist John Jay Parry that Geoffrey's book was simply one of the most influential of the Middle Ages, wherever written.

Title: The History of the Kings of Britain

Author Name: Geoffrey of Monmouth; Introduction-Lewis Thorpe; Preface-Richard Barber

Categories: European History,

Publisher: The Folio Society: 2010

ISBN Number: B005R4XQ2S

Size: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Seller ID: 71974