The History of the Kings of Britain

Description

Completed in 1136, The History of the Kings of Britain 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 Monmouth's 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.

Details

Author(s)
Geoffrey Monmouth, Lewis Thorpe
Format
Paperback | 384 pages
Dimensions
129 x 198 x 22mm | 281g
Publication date
27 Jan 1977
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint
PENGUIN CLASSICS
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition statement
Reprint
Illustrations note
map, bibliography, index
ISBN10
0140441700
ISBN13
9780140441703
Bestsellers rank
99,102