Geoffrey of Monmouth


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Geof·frey of Mon·mouth

 (jĕf′rē; mŏn′məth) 1100?-1154.
English chronicler whose semihistorical Historia Regum Britanniae (c. 1139) popularized Arthurian legend and contains the source material for several of Shakespeare's plays.

Geoffrey of Monmouth

(ˈdʒɛfrɪ)
n
(Biography) ?1100–54, Welsh bishop and chronicler; author of Historia Regum Britanniae, the chief source of Arthurian legends

Geof′frey of Mon′mouth

(ˈdʒɛf ri)
n.
1100?–1154, English chronicler.
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Noun1.Geoffrey of Monmouth - Welsh chronicler who wrote an account of the kings of Britain which is now believed to contain little historical fact but it is a source of the Arthurian legend (circa 1100-1154)
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the third Norman king who ruled our land) there lived a monk called Geoffrey of Monmouth.
Geoffrey of Monmouth, 'Historia Regum Britanniae' (Latin), about 1136.
Championed by medieval writer Geoffrey of Monmouth - who located Camelot in nearby Caerleon - Arthur was taken up as a hero by the Normans, who used the "history" to justify their conquest of the Saxon kingdom.
In short, the "lost accounts" to which Geoffrey of Monmouth appeals are fictions of his very fertile imagination which, of course, did quite well for him as bishop of St Asaph in the 12th century.
In the beginnings of Arthurian literature, which was based on the "Breton material," there was Geoffrey of Monmouth (Galfridus Monemutensis), a Gallo-Norman cleric, who created in England, around 1138, during the rule of Henry I, the history of British kings, The Historia Regum Britanniae Geoffrey started his History of the Kings of Britain from Brutus, an eponymous king, who came to Albion after the fall of Troy, and he ended it with the death of Cadwallader in 689 A.
A variety of sources was used to compile the commentary, including Gildas, Ranulph Higden, Geoffrey of Monmouth, William of Malmesbury, Henry of Huntingdon, and William of Newburgh.
According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, after Troy was sacked Aeneas fled to Italy with his son, Ascanius, founded the kingdom of Italy, and remarried Lavinia, the daughter of Latinus (54).
My favorite chapters are those on Shakespeare and Geoffrey of Monmouth, perennially interesting subjects on which Mendenhall has new and fascinating things to say.
Geoffrey of Monmouth tells us that Brutus of Troy, father of 'Britain', divided his patrimony between his older son Locrinus who inherited what is now England and the younger Alba who received the lesser portion of Scotland.
Geoffrey of Monmouth, recording an ancient tradition, refers in his Vita Merlini to nine sisters who dwell on an island in the sea called 'The Fortunate Isle', or 'the Island of Apples.
Several have been released over the last few years, including his poem "The Fall of Arthur," set in the last days of Arthur's reign and inspired by Geoffrey of Monmouth and Thomas Malory, "The Legend of Sigurd and Gudr?
Forster, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Henry Hazlitt, and Mark Twain.