The History of the Kings of Britain

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It is an epic work spanning two thousand years, from the founding of Britain by Brutus to the coming of the Saxons. As a historian Geoffrey is sometimes less than reliable, but as the chronicler of half-legendary figures whose deeds have captured the imagination of millions, he is unrivalled: Lear, Cymbeline amd , above all, Arthur was first recorded here, and the Historia's influence inspired Malory and Tennyson, Shakespeare and Dryden.
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Overview

It is an epic work spanning two thousand years, from the founding of Britain by Brutus to the coming of the Saxons. As a historian Geoffrey is sometimes less than reliable, but as the chronicler of half-legendary figures whose deeds have captured the imagination of millions, he is unrivalled: Lear, Cymbeline amd , above all, Arthur was first recorded here, and the Historia's influence inspired Malory and Tennyson, Shakespeare and Dryden.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140441703
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1977
  • Series: Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 323,999
  • Product dimensions: 5.23 (w) x 7.79 (h) x 0.94 (d)

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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2011

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    This book was highly recommended for my Literature of King Arthur class. I was under the impression that it would be the same book as pictured but unfortunately this is not the Penguin Classics edition. It was very important that I had that specific edition for the introduction and style of writing. Now I have to find it on amazon or buy the softback copy.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    WA strange

    It goes on and on with strange history much like a tail of middle earth.l

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  • Posted March 5, 2011

    Wrong sample downloaded

    When I downloaded a sample of this book, I got a sample of Tom Jones instead.

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