Historia Regum Britannie of Geoffrey of Monmouth V

Historia Regum Britannie of Geoffrey of Monmouth V

The Gesta Regum Britannie

Edited by Neil Wright





A critical edition and translation of a 13th-century Latin poem from Brittany; a retelling of Geoffrey's History emphasising the tragic side of Britain's decline.
The Gesta Regum Britannie, a Latin poem comprising nearly 5,000 hexameters, is a vital but little known witness to the reception of Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia Regum Britannie. Written shortly before the middle of the thirteenth century, the poem is dedicated to Cadioc, bishop of Vannes in Brittany, and so testifies to the Breton reaction to and enthusiasm for Geoffrey's popular pseudo-history. The poem also provides important evidence for the literary culture of thirteenth-century Brittany. Much in the poem is original and this new edition will bring it to a wider audience so that it may be read in conjunction with the more familiar vernacular verse versions of Geoffrey's Historia.
NEIL WRIGHTis a SeniorMember of Wolfson College, Cambridge.


December 1991
456 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Historia Regum Britannie
ISBN: 9780859912143
Format: Hardback
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Wright's edition is remarkably thorough, deeply learned, and a pleasure to read. SPECULUM[NW] meticulously edits and fluently translates an impressive mid-thirteenth century metrical paraphrase of Geoffrey's Historia[which] throws interesting light on the cultural interests and achievements of Cadioc and his houshold in one of Brittany's poorest sees. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW

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