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The history of the kings of Britain

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Little is definitively known of the life and schooling of Geoffrey of Monmouth, but his extraordinary literary works have survived centuries as a ... Show synopsis

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ridetbred

geeky good times

by ridetbred on Oct 4, 2008

No one would argue that Monmouth is the most fun version of the Arthur myth, but as the father of the genre, and the subject of still-intense debates about whether or not he had 'an inordinate love of lying', it is fascinating to discover the Virgilian links to Troy and well-crafted (if totally bogus) weaving of Britain's history to that of ancient Greece. Arthur is not the chivalric hero, but a battle-weary mortal king with a wife whose few mentions resemble little of the Guinivere of myth. But Monmouth loved his material and presents it with zest and enthusiasm, and the differences with the more familiar stuff is just as interesting as the similarities. If you have a true interest in the origins of the Arthur mythos, you gotta have some Monmouth!

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