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''Historia Regum Britanniae'', or ''History of the Kings of Britain'', is a work by Geoffrey of Monmouth from around the 12th century. This work is notable for kickstarting British History, with some ArtisticLicense taken to fill in the blanks Geoffrey couldn't get from Bede or other sources. For a long time it was considered a UniverseBible for British History in the MiddleAges, with some hints of propaganda. Can be considered a founding myth for several ethnic groups in Britain.

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''Historia Regum Britanniae'', or ''History of the Kings of Britain'', is a work by Geoffrey of Monmouth from around the 12th century. This work is notable for kickstarting British History, with some ArtisticLicense taken to fill in the blanks Geoffrey couldn't get from Bede or other sources. For a long time time, it was considered a UniverseBible for British History in the MiddleAges, with some hints of propaganda. Can It can be considered a founding myth for several ethnic groups in Britain.



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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: For the KingArthur mythos. There is no [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield Sword in the Stone]], no Round Table and no Lancelot (Guinevere hooks up with ''Mordred'' instead), Merlin doesn't actually serve or mentor Arthur, and no Morgan Le Fay, but Arthur has one sister named Anna. Morgan does appear in Geoffrey's related work ''Vita Merlini'' (Life of Merlin) where she lives in Avalon and uses her magic for healing instead of evil.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: For the KingArthur mythos. There is no [[OnlyTheChosenMayWield Sword in the Stone]], no Round Table and no Lancelot (Guinevere hooks up with ''Mordred'' instead), Merlin doesn't actually serve or mentor Arthur, and no Morgan Le Fay, but Arthur has one sister named Anna. Morgan does appear in Geoffrey's related work ''Vita Merlini'' (Life of Merlin) where she lives in Avalon and uses her magic for healing instead of evil.



* KingArthur: TropeCodifier to an extent. Here first appears in a single narrative familiar Arthurian elements such as Arthur himself being King of Britain (for starters), Arthur's father Uther Pendragon, Arthur's mother Igerna (Igraine), and Arthur's conception through a BedTrick courtesy of Merlin. Also mentioned is the sword Caliburn ({{Excalibur}}), which was forged in Avalon where Arthur is finally taken to be healed after his final battle with Modred (Mordred).
* Myth/{{Merlin}}: TropeMaker.


* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Very much so. Even 40 years after Geoffrey's death William of Newburgh, who provides the page quote, extensively criticised Geoffrey for his history, and even went so far as to say his work "is a fiction, invented either by himself or by others".

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Very much so. Even 40 years after Geoffrey's death death, William of Newburgh, who provides the page quote, Newburgh extensively criticised Geoffrey for his history, and even went so far as to say his work "is a fiction, invented either by himself or by others".


* EvilNephew: A lot to rulers have these. Cordelia, Arthur, and Constantine III (along with an unnamed uncle of Aurelius) fall victim to this.

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* EvilNephew: A lot to of rulers have these. Cordelia, Arthur, and Constantine III (along with an unnamed uncle of Aurelius) fall victim to this.

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* EvilDetectingDog: Merlin uses magic to disguise Uther as Gorlois and himself as a soldier so that Uther could trick Gorlois' wife into sleeping with him and thus conceive Arthur. Gorlois' dog can tell they're imposters, but Merlin uses a spell to calm it down

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* AncientGrome: In spades. ''Brutus'' of Troy, anyone?

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* PresentDayPast: OlderThanPrint. British society was apparently always like the feudal society of Geoffrey even during Brutus' founding of Britain. This isn't just Britain eitheró Homeric Greece apparently had castles.


* TheEmperor: Arthur. As King of Britain he conquers the whole British isles, gains the allegiance of rulers of various tribes and lands including Iceland and Norway, and invades continental Europe and comes close to conquering the RomanEmpire itself but is sidetracked by Mordred's rebellion.

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* TheEmperor: Arthur. As King of Britain he conquers the whole British isles, gains the allegiance of rulers of various tribes and lands including Iceland and Norway, and invades continental Europe and comes close to conquering the RomanEmpire UsefulNotes/RomanEmpire itself but is sidetracked by Mordred's rebellion.


'''''Historia Regum Britanniae''''', or '''''History of the Kings of Britain''''', is a work by Geoffrey of Monmouth from around the 12th century. This work is notable for kickstarting British History, with some ArtisticLicense taken to fill in the blanks Geoffrey couldn't get from Bede or other sources. For a long time it was considered a UniverseBible for British History in the MiddleAges, with some hints of propaganda. Can be considered a founding myth for several ethnic groups in Britain.

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'''''Historia ''Historia Regum Britanniae''''', Britanniae'', or '''''History ''History of the Kings of Britain''''', Britain'', is a work by Geoffrey of Monmouth from around the 12th century. This work is notable for kickstarting British History, with some ArtisticLicense taken to fill in the blanks Geoffrey couldn't get from Bede or other sources. For a long time it was considered a UniverseBible for British History in the MiddleAges, with some hints of propaganda. Can be considered a founding myth for several ethnic groups in Britain.


After a brief introduction the history of the Britons starts around UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar after which [[FamousAncestor Brutus]], a great-grandson of [[Literature/TheAeneid Aeneas]], sets sail with a group of his people to found a new empire, which happens to be {{Britain}}.

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After a brief introduction the history of the Britons starts around UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar after which [[FamousAncestor Brutus]], a great-grandson of [[Literature/TheAeneid Aeneas]], sets sail with a group of his people to found a new empire, which happens to be {{Britain}}.
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* EvilNephew: A lot to rulers have these. Cordelia, Arthur, and Constantine III fall victim to this.

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* EvilNephew: A lot to rulers have these. Cordelia, Arthur, and Constantine III (along with an unnamed uncle of Aurelius) fall victim to this.this.
* TheEvilPrince: Used frequently. Constantine's nephew Aurelius Conan kills him, then imprisons an uncle who should have ruled after Constantine and kills their two sons.


* ThePromisedLand: When Brutus finds Britain, as foretold by Diana, it is a paradisaical land that abounds of natural resources.

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* ThePromisedLand: When Brutus finds Britain, as foretold by Diana, it is a paradisaical paradisiacal land that abounds of natural resources.


'''''Historia Regum Britanniae''''', or '''''History of the Kings of Britain''''', is a work by Creator/GeoffreyOfMonmouth from around the 12th century. This work is notable for kickstarting British History, with some ArtisticLicense taken to fill in the blanks Geoffrey couldn't get from Bede or other sources. For a long time it was considered a UniverseBible for British History in the MiddleAges, with some hints of propaganda. Can be considered a founding myth for several ethnic groups in Britain.

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'''''Historia Regum Britanniae''''', or '''''History of the Kings of Britain''''', is a work by Creator/GeoffreyOfMonmouth Geoffrey of Monmouth from around the 12th century. This work is notable for kickstarting British History, with some ArtisticLicense taken to fill in the blanks Geoffrey couldn't get from Bede or other sources. For a long time it was considered a UniverseBible for British History in the MiddleAges, with some hints of propaganda. Can be considered a founding myth for several ethnic groups in Britain.


'''''Historia Regum Britanniae''''', or '''''History of the Kings of Britain''''', is a work by Creator/GeoffreyOfMonmouth from around the 12th century. This work is notable for kickstarting British History, with some ArtisticLicense taken to fill in the blanks he couldn't get from Bede or other sources. For a long time it was considered a UniverseBible for British History in the MiddleAges, with some hints of propaganda. Can be considered a founding myth for several ethnic groups in Britain.

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'''''Historia Regum Britanniae''''', or '''''History of the Kings of Britain''''', is a work by Creator/GeoffreyOfMonmouth from around the 12th century. This work is notable for kickstarting British History, with some ArtisticLicense taken to fill in the blanks he Geoffrey couldn't get from Bede or other sources. For a long time it was considered a UniverseBible for British History in the MiddleAges, with some hints of propaganda. Can be considered a founding myth for several ethnic groups in Britain.


* DreamingOfThingsToCome: When Brutus sleeps in a temple of [[ClassicalMythology Diana]], she reveals to him in a dream that he is destined to go to Britain and found a kingdom there.

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* DreamingOfThingsToCome: When Brutus sleeps in a temple of [[ClassicalMythology [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Diana]], she reveals to him in a dream that he is destined to go to Britain and found a kingdom there.


The most lasting legacy of Geoffrey's ''Historia'' is the invention of KingArthur and {{Merlin}} in the form that became {{canon}} throughout the MiddleAges and that we can still recognize today. Two other figures from the book that are still known today by way of Creator/{{Shakespeare}}'s dramas are Theatre/KingLear (Leir) and Theatre/{{Cymbeline}} (Kymbelinus).

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The most lasting legacy of Geoffrey's ''Historia'' is the invention of KingArthur Myth/KingArthur and {{Merlin}} Myth/{{Merlin}} in the form that became {{canon}} throughout the MiddleAges and that we can still recognize today. Two other figures from the book that are still known today by way of Creator/{{Shakespeare}}'s dramas are Theatre/KingLear (Leir) and Theatre/{{Cymbeline}} (Kymbelinus).



* {{Merlin}}: TropeMaker.

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* {{Merlin}}: Myth/{{Merlin}}: TropeMaker.

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