The History of the Kings of Britain (Google eBook)

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Digireads.com Publishing, 1958 - History - 281 pages
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Little is definitively known of the life and schooling of Geoffrey of Monmouth, but his extraordinary literary works have survived centuries as a testament to his legacy. Around the time of Geoffrey's life, the written Arthurian legends were mostly fragmentary and often incoherent. He therefore took on the task of creating the first full biographies of King Arthur and Merlin, which from that point on remained the quintessential source for all Arthurian legend tales. His finest work, "The History of the Kings of Britain", traces the reign of nearly a hundred British kings, beginning with the nation's mythical founder, Brutus. It is an imaginative and meticulously written masterpiece. Modeled after the Ćnied, one half of the work is devoted towards the first ten centuries of British history. The second half, comprising about two centuries, focuses primarily around King Arthur, the rise and fall of the Round Table, and the declining fortunes of Arthur's heirs.
  

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User Review  - Yaasha Moriah - Goodreads

I began to read THE HISTORY OF THE KINGS OF BRITAIN because I am researching the Arthurian legends for a book I am writing (working title: THE CODE OF CAMELOT) and this books is apparently one of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ryan Baker - Goodreads

The history is bad. It reads like a bunch of encyclopedia entries by someone who is just making up information. But I like it. Read full review

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Contents

Vortimers kindness to his soldiers at his death
66
Hengist having wickedly murdered the princes of Britain keeps Vortigern prisoner
67
Eldols valiant exploit Hengist forces Vortigern to yield up the strongest fortifications in Britain in consideration of his release
68
Vortigern inquires of Merlins mother concerning her conception of him
69
CONCENING THE PROPHECIES OF MERLIN
70
The continuation of the prophesy
73
BOOK VIII
77
The praise of Aureliuss valour The levity of the Scots exposed Forces raised against Hengist
78

Goffarius routed by Brutus
12
Brutus after his victory with Goffarius ravages Aquitaine with fire and sword
13
Albion divided between Brutus and Corineus
14
The building of new Troy by Brutus upon the river Thames
15
BOOK II
16
Locrin at last marries Guendolœna the daughter of Corineus
17
Ebraucus the successor of Mempricius conquers the Gauls and builds the towns Kaerebrauc c
18
After Ebraucus reigns Brutus his son after him Leil and after Leil Hudibras
19
Leir finding the ingratitude of his two eldest daughters betakes himself to his youngest Cordeilla in Gaul
20
He is honourably received by Cordeilla and the king of Gaul
22
The successors of Cunedagius in the kingdom Ferrex is killed by his brother Porrex in a dispute for the government
23
BOOK III
24
Brenniuss seafight with Guichthlac king of the Dacians Guichthlac and Brenniuss wife are driven ashore and taken by Belinus
25
The king of Dacia with Brenniuss wife is released out of prison
26
Belinus and Brennius being made friends by the mediation of their mother propose to subdue Gaul
27
Belinus and Brennius after the conquest of Gaul march with their army to Rome
28
Brennius oppresses Italy in a most tyrannical manner Belinus returns to Britain
29
Gurgiunt Brabtruc succeeding his father Belinus reduces Dacia which was trying to shake off the yoke
30
Morvidus a most cruel tyrant after the conquest of the king of the Morini is devoured by a monster
31
Arthgallo is deposed by the Britons and is succeeded by Elidure who restores him again his kingdom
32
The names of Elidures thirtythree successors
33
BOOK IV
34
Caesar is routed by Cassibellaun
35
Nennius the brother of Cassibellaun being wounded in battle by Caesar dies
36
Caesar a second time vanquished by the Britons
37
Cassibellaun beingput toflight and besieged by Caesar desires peace
38
Androgeuss speech to Caesar
40
Tenuantius is made king of Britain after Cassibellaun
41
Arviragus king of Britain makes his submission to Claudius who with his assistance conquers the Orkney islands
42
Claudius gives his daughter Genuissa for a wife to Arviragus and returns to Rome
43
Rodric leader of the Picts is vanquished by Marius
44
Lucius is the first British king that embraces the Christian faith together with his people
45
BOOK V
46
Carausius advanced to be king of Britain
48
Asclepiodotus obtains the crown Diocletians massacre of the Christians in Britain
49
An insurrection against Asclepiodotus by Coel whose daughter Helena Constantius marries
50
Constantine having reduced Rome obtains the empire of the world Octavius duke of the Wisseans is put to flight by Trahern
51
Maximian is desired for a king of Britain
52
The kingdom of Britain is bestowed on Maximian
53
Maximian overthrows the Armoricans his speech to Conan
54
Redonum taken by Maximian
55
Guanius and Melga murder eleven thousand virgins Maximian is killed at Rome
56
BOOK VI
57
The Britons are again cruelly harassed by Guanius and Melga
58
Guithelin desires succours ofAldroen
59
Constantine being made king of Britain leaves three sons
60
Vortigern treacherously contrives to get king Constans assassinated
61
Aurelius Ambrosius and Uther Pendragon flee from Vortigern and go to Lesser Britain
62
Hengist brings over great numbers of Saxons into Britain his crafty petition to Vortigern
64
The bishops Germanus and Lupus restore the Christian faith that had been corrupted in Britain Octa and Ebissa are four times routed by Vortimer
65
A battle between Aurelius and Hengist
79
Hengist in a duel with Eldol is taken by him The Saxons are slain by the Britons without mercy
80
Octa being besieged in York surrenders himself to the mercy of Aurelius
81
Aurelius is advised by Merlin to remove the Giants Dance from the mountain Killaraus
82
Gillomanius being routed by Uther the Britons bring over the Giants dance into Britain
83
Pascentius brings in the Saxons against the Britons
84
A cometpresignifies the reign of Uther
85
Uther Pendragon is made king ofBritain
86
Uther falling in love with Igerna enjoys her by the assistance of Merlins magical operations
87
Gorlois being killed Uther marries Igerna
88
Octa and Eosa renew the war Lot a consul marries the kings daughter
89
Octa and Eosa with a great number of their men are killed
90
BOOK IX
91
Hoel sends fifteen thousand men to Arthurs assistance
92
Dubriciuss speech against the treacherous Saxons Arthur with his own hand kills four hundred and seventy Saxons in one battle Colgrin and Baldulp...
93
The Saxons after their leader Cheldric was killed are all compelled by Cador to surrender
94
Arthur relates the wonderful nature of some ponds
95
Arthur honours Augusel with the sceptre of the Scots Urian with that of Mureif and Lot with the consulship of Londonesia
96
Arthur summons a great many kings princes bishops archbishops c to a solemn assembly at the City ofLegions
98
A description of the royal pomp at the coronation of Arthur
99
After a variety of sports at the coronation Arthur amply rewards his servants
100
Arthur holding council with the kings desires every one of them to deliver their opinions
101
The opinion of Hoel king of Armorica concerning a war with the Romans
102
They unanimously agree upon a war with the Romans
103
Arthur commits to his nephew Modred the government of Britain His dream at Hamos Port
104
Arthurs ambassadors to Lucius Tiberius deliver Petreius Cotta whom they took prisoner to Arthur
106
The Romans attack the Britons with a very great force but are put to flight by them
108
Lucius Tiberius goes to Lengrić Arthur designing to vanquish him by a stratagem possesses himself of the valley of Suesia
109
Lucius Tiberius discovering Arthurs design in a speech animates his followers to fight
110
A battle between Arthur and Lucius Tiberius
111
Hoel and Walgan signalize their valour in the fight
112
Part of the Romans flee the rest of their own accord surrender themselves for slaves
113
BOOK XI
114
Modred after being twice besieged and routed is killed Arthur being wounded gives up the kingdom to Constantine
115
Constantine meets with disturbances from the Saxons and Modreds sons
116
Wortiporius being declared king conquers the Saxons
117
Loegria is again inhabited by the Saxons The Britons with their bishops retire into Cornwall and Wales
118
Ethelfrid kills a great number of the British monks but is at last routed by the Britons
119
Cadwalla breaks the covenant he had made with Edwin
120
A quarrel between Cadwalla and Edwin
121
The speech of Salomon king of Armorica to Cadwalla
122
Brian kills Edwins magician
123
Cadwalla takes Penda and routs his army
124
Oswy submits to Cadwalla Penda desires leave of Cadwalla to make war against him
125
Penda is killed by Oswy Cadwalla dies
126
Cadwallader with his people goes to Alan The Saxons seize all Britain
127
Cadwallader goes to Rome and dies
128
Geoffrey of Monmouths conclusion
129
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