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History of the Kings of Britain (Historia Regum Britanniae)

History of the Kings of Britain (Historia Regum Britanniae) [Kindle Edition]

Geoffrey of Monmouth , Sebastian Evans
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Contains a New Bibliography for the Modern Reader.

The Historia Regum Britanniae (English: The History of the Kings of Britain) is a pseudohistorical account of British history, written c. 1136 by Geoffrey of Monmouth. It chronicles the lives of the kings of the Britons in a chronological narrative spanning a time of two thousand years, beginning with the Trojans founding the British nation and continuing until the Anglo-Saxons assumed control of much of Britain around the 7th century. It is one of the central pieces of the Matter of Britain.

Credited uncritically well into the 16th century since the 17th century it has been credited with little value as history. When events described, such as Julius Caesar's invasions of Britain, can be corroborated from contemporary histories, Geoffrey's account can be seen to be wildly inaccurate, but is a valuable piece of medieval literature, which contains the earliest known version of the story of King Lear and his three daughters, and introduced non-Welsh-speakers to the legend of King Arthur.

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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Review In Two Parts 29 Jan 2013
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Part 1 - The Content. As long as the reader is aware this is not historical fact and once past the arcane phraseology this is an enjoyable read. Geoffrey of Monmouth gives little time to the kings before Uther Pendragon only detailing battles and marriages etc. Once he arrives at Uther in his history the characters are given more time and the story becomes more readable. An interesting read if you want to see how the legend of the once and future king developed.
Part 2 - The product. I was disappointed and frustrated by the continual spelling/ typographical mistakes. If I bought this as a hard copy I would have taken it back and demanded a refund. Just because I bought a virtual book doesn't mean that I should have to accept sub-standard material. I have bought other e-books and hope to God that they are in better condition than this or I will fall out with my Kindle. Admittedly I bought a version which cost £0.70 so perhaps if I had forked out more the text would have been correct.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enthralling and Absorbing 14 Jun 2014
By D W
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This is an extremely accessible and fascinating read. It's a must-read for anyone interested in British history. Scholarly know-more-about-these-things have discredited Geoffrey, but he seems pretty precise about his dates, names and other facts. He also reads as pretty objective, but if there are embellishments to battle victories and the like then they make ripping yarns. For this reason it's a fantastic read, even if you are a sceptic. Better still, read with an open mind - some have researched his lineage by cross referencing other sources and found that, bar a couple of minor date discrepancies (ie 20 years or so), for which I think he can be forgiven, his recounting seems plausible, notwithstanding an acceptance of the existence of giants. If you are sceptical, don't throw the baby out with the bath water, suspend your disbelief and enjoy it for its own sake.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 5 Jun 2014
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It was great.

The best book I have ever read. It shows every king that ever ruled over our Great Britain.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not a very exciting book the way it is written 8 Oct 2014
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This book wasn't as exciting as I hoped it would be. It is pretty dry and I wish there was a version written in common vernacular. I also wish this book was edited a bit to make each story a little more visual, instead of rapid fire events and facts. Of course, the dryness is probably due to the writing style of the period.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I could not get gripped by it. 6 Feb 2013
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Probably for historiographers an interesting book, I found it quite boring and lacking in substance. When one compares it with the book of the Venerable Bede it is well below par.
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