English copy of Geoffrey of Monmouth’s History of the Kings of Britain

Description

Geoffrey of Monmouth’s (b. c. 1100, d. 1154) History of the Kings of Britain was an influential medieval account of the history of Britain, from the legendary arrival of Brutus after the Trojan War until the defeat of the British by the Anglo-Saxon invaders in the seventh century. The text popularised the legend of King Arthur and the virtues of his royal court.

This copy of the History was produced in England in the late 12th-century. The book was later owned by the French historian Antoine Lancelot (b. 1675, d. 1740), who donated his entire manuscript collection to the French royal library in 1732.

This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.

Full title:
Geoffrey of Monmouth, Historia regum Britanniae
Created:
4th quarter of the 12th century, England
Format:
Manuscript
Language:
Latin
Creator:
Geoffrey of Monmouth
Usage terms
Public Domain
Held by
Bibliothèque nationale de France
Shelfmark:
Latin 6040

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