Geoffrey of Monmouth

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CRITICISM

Baker, Imogene. “The Arthurian Household in the Historia Regum Britanniae and Subsequent Chronicles.” In The King's Household in the Arthurian Court from Geoffrey of Monmouth to Malory, pp. 22-53. Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America, 1937.

Examines the court's retinue in Geoffrey's work as well as its treatment in writings by Wace, Layamon, and later chroniclers.

East, W. G. “Manuscripts of Geoffrey of Monmouth.” Notes and Queries 22, No. 10 (November 1975): 483-84.

Corrects the list by A. Griscom of manuscripts of The History of the Kings of Britain held in Oxford libraries.

Howlett, D. R. “The Literary Context of Geoffrey of Monmouth: An Essay on the Fabrication of Sources.” Arthuriana 5, No. 3 (Fall 1995): 25-69.

Discusses how writers who followed Geoffrey felt compelled to create secret, unimpeachable sources for their histories.

Jones, Timothy. “Geoffrey of Monmouth, Fouke le Fitz Waryn, and National Mythology.” Studies in Philology XCI, No. 3 (Summer 1994): 233-49.

Examines the indebtedness of Fouke le Fitz Waryn, a late thirteenth-century romance, to The History of the Kings of Britain.

Padel, O. J. “Geoffrey of Monmouth and Cornwall.” Cambridge Medieval Celtic Studies 8 (Winter 1984): 1-28.

Considers the importance of Cornwall in The History of the Kings of Britain and speculates about the reasons for its emphasis.

Pickens, Rupert T. “Arthur's Channel Crossing: Courtesy and the Demonic in Geoffrey of Monmouth and Wace's Brut.Arthuriana 7, No. 3 (Fall 1997): 3-19.

Compares and contrasts the accounts by Geoffrey and Wace of Arthur's channel– crossing episode.

Reiss, Edmund. “The Welsh Versions of Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia.Welsh History Review 4, No. 2 (December 1968): 97-127.

Surveys the history of scholarly studies of the Brut y Brenhinedd, the Brut Gruffydd ab Arthur, and other Welsh versions of Geoffrey's chronicle and classifies sixty-five of the known seventy-six manuscripts containing Welsh versions of the History.

Roberts, Brynley F. “Historical Writing.” In A Guide to Welsh Literature, Vol. I, edited by A. O. H. Jarman and Gwilym Rees Hughes, pp. 244-47. Swansea, Wales: Christopher Davies (Publishers) Ltd, 1976.

Summarizes the importance of The History of the Kings of Britain for Welsh perceptions of history.

Schlauch, Margaret. “Geoffrey of Monmouth and Early Polish Historiography: A Supplement.” Speculum 44, No. 2 (April 1969): 258-63.

Reveals Geoffrey's influence on two Polish chroniclers: Mierzwa and Dlugosz.

Tolhurst, Fiona. “The Once and Future Queen: The Development of Guenevere from Geoffrey of Monmouth to Malory.” Bibliographical Bulletin of the International Arthurian Society L (1988): 272-308.

Examines how and why various authors have re-created the character of Guenevere and explores the significance of her evolution.

Turcotte, Gerry. “Geoffrey of Monmouth and Tennyson: A Paradoxical Parallel.” ANQ 1, No. 4, new series (October 1988): 140-41.

Discusses an image found in common in Geoffrey, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and the biblical Isaiah.

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