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.
- Article by:
- Chantry Westwell
- History and learning
Chantry Westwell traces the ninth-century origins of the Legend of King Arthur and explores the growth of the bestselling tale in medieval England and France.