Historia Regum Britanniae

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    Morgan le Fay is one of the Arthurian Legends and is known for being an evil enchantresses and a witch. Morgan le Fay’s legend goes that she is the half-sister of King Arthur. Morgan le Fay uses her lover, Accolon to steal King Arthur’s sword when this plan does not go as accordingly she throws the sword into the lake. Morgan le Fay is also considered a healer because in Vita Merlini by Geoffrey Monmouth she heals King Arthur’s wounds from the last battle of Calman but the only way that she can heal her brother is if he stays. Morgan le Fay’s character has changed in many literary works because it gives a different perspective of her and the two texts that show this is Vita Merlini and King Arthur: Tales of the Round Table. The details in Vita Merlini and King Arthur: Tales of the Round Table both include Morgan le Fay’s character changing. In Vita Merlini, the details mentions Geoffrey of Monmouth characterizes Morgan le Fay has the ruler of Avalon and that her brother, King Arthur is sent here to get his wounds healed by Morgan le Fay. Morgan le Fay’s character is described as having healing powers and changing into shape.“With him at the helm we came there with the prince, and Morgan received us with honour, as was fitting, and placed the king in her chamber on a golden bed, and with her hand she unwrapped his wound and looked at it for a while, and then said that it would be possible to return him to health if he were to stay with her for a long time and place himself…

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    Arthur transcends time The name King Arthur evokes images of mythical legends and elements that still exist today. The legend of King Arthur effects directors, writers, and even toy makers. But what is it about this legend that fuels our imagination and creativity? Perhaps it is humans desire to see good overcome evil. Some are enthralled with the magical elements. Others love the adaptability of the legend. I believe it is the mixture of good versus evil, magic, and adaptability that…

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    arguing that “popular traditions of an unlettered time do not create something out of nothing” (Fletcher). Likewise, R. G. Collingwood and J. N. L. Myers, who also used a logical approach, said that: “The place which the name of Arthur occupies in Celtic legend is easiest to explain on the hypothesis that he really lived, and was a great champion of the British people” (Collingwood). Therefore they undoubtedly believed that King Arthur is a real historical person. Similarly Sir Charles Oman…

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    Few times in history do we get to have a detailed and in-depth look into a major historical event like we do with Bernal Diaz del Castillo “Historia Verdadera de la Conquista de la Nueva España” or “The True History of the Conquest of the New Spain.” Written by a foot soldier alongside Hernan Cortes, “True History,” allows us to get a front row view to what can be considered one of the most fundamental encounters between European travelers and New World natives. Notably, it is not written is…

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    The Arthurian legend has many important symbols, objects, and people. The legend mainly revolves around a boy named Arthur, who is crowned King later by the authority of the Excalibur. The Round Table, which is a famed symbol of chivalry is known throughout the land. Throughout Arthur’s life, he will be guided by important symbols. The Round Table’s origins go back to 1155, where it was first mentioned in Wace’s Roman de Brut, a Norman adaptation of Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum…

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    King Lear Satire

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    Shakespeare plagiarized a large amount of his play and would most likely not have risked losing his patrons. The tale of King Lear, also known as King Leir, is centuries old and was written long before the birth of Shakespeare. It was first written in english by Geoffrey of Monmouth in Historia Regum Britanniae and was titled The True Chronicle History of King Leir(“Mabillard”). There have been several renditions of this story, including Shakespeare’s King Lear. Both versions have King Lear and…

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    Geoffrey of Monmouth was a English Bishop and author that wrote the Historia regum Britanniæ (History of the Kings of Britain). His works combine the earlier single tales into one grandiose one. Although all the key features of earlier stories are there, the components are sometimes not the same. For instance, Geoffrey states around book VIII chapter one “To your own ruin did you prove a traitor to their father, and invite the Saxons into the island. You invited them for your safeguard; but they…

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    Early Medieval Literature

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    tales told by the bards, together with the romantic and courtly tales of King Arthur, were eventually written down and made into a book form, becoming the first written compilation or embodiment of medieval literature (Alchin). According to Leah Shopkow, a History professor at the Indiana University, Geoffrey of Monmouth, a Welsh author and cleric, was the main source of information about the legends of King Arthur. He wrote “Historia Regum Britanniae”, also known as “The History of the Kings of…

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    Arthur was alive, but because the British people were dealing with basic survival needs—like surviving foreign invaders—they did not keep detailed records of who was fighting whom. Therefore, before he became the legendary king of Camelot, Arthur was most likely a powerful Romano-British warlord who rallied a large number Britons to fight and find safety from the Anglo-Saxons in the late fifth century (Ninnius). It is likely, but not necessarily known to be true, that Arthur was a folk-hero…

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