The History of the Kings of Britain presents a legendary account of the history of Britain composed by the 12th-century historian Geoffrey of Monmouth (b. c. 1100, d. 1154). The work was widely popular in England, the Low Countries and Northern France, particularly among monastic and aristocratic audiences. The History includes the legendary arrival of Brutus after the Trojan War, the prophecies of Merlin and details of King Arthur’s reign. Six early copies of the History have been digitised in The Polonsky Foundation England and France Project.
This manuscript was produced in the late 12th-century, possibly in Northern France. The book was later owned by Cambrai Cathedral and contains 16th-century notes about the death of Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy (b. 1433, d. 1477).
This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.
- Full title:
- Geoffrey of Monmouth, Historia Regum Britanniae
- 4th quarter of the 12th century, Northern France or Southern Netherlands
- Geoffrey of Monmouth
- Usage terms
Public Domain in most countries other than the UK.
- Held by
- British Library
- Arundel MS 10
- 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.