The influence of Geoffrey of Monmouth's History can be seen in the works of Shakespeare, Malory, Dryden and Tennyson. Comprised of history, myth and legend, Geoffrey tells the story of Britian from its founding by Brutus to the death of Cadwallader in A.D. 689. Written in 1136, early events are corresponded with biblical events and rulers, while legendary figures such as Arthur, King Lear and giants of old make their way into history with a flourish. Translated from the original Latin, The History of the Kings of Britain is a unique look into the stories and past of the "best of islands." 372 pages, indexed with notes.
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 Monmouths 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 Thorpes translation from the Latin brings us an accurate and enthralling version of Geoffreys 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.