History of the Kings of Britain Additional Summary

Geoffrey of Monmouth


(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Ashe, Geoffrey. The Discovery of King Arthur. Garden City, N.Y.: Anchor Press/Doubleday, 1985. Ashe surveys available historical sources, including the History of the Kings of Britain, to assess Arthur’s impact on history. He offers an exhaustive account of Arthurian settings and locales.

_______. Merlin: The Prophet and His History. Stroud, England: Sutton, 2006. The character of Merlin first appeared in History of the Kings of Britain, and some people believed he was a fictional creation of Geoffrey. Ashe, a foremost Arthurian scholar, provides evidence that a “real” Merlin may have actually existed, and recounts details of his life.

Barber, Richard. Arthur of Albion. New York: Barnes & Noble, 1961. Barber traces Arthur’s origin in the History of the Kings of Britain and other early texts. He further chronicles the great flowering of Arthurian literature during the late Middle Ages.

Barefield, Laura D. “Gender, Geneaology, and the Politics of Succession in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae.” In Gender and History in Medieval English Romance and Chronicle. New York: Peter Lang, 2003. Analyzes the depiction of gender in romances and chronicles written from the twelfth through the fifteenth centuries. Barefield contradicts the belief that medieval romances were written for women and...

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