The History of the Kings of Britain: An edition and translation of the De gestis Britonum [Historia Regum Brittannie], by Geoffrey of Monmouth
Edited by Michael D. Reeve; Translated by Neil Wright
Boydell and Brewer, 2009
This imaginative history of the Britons, written in the twelfth century, contains the first appearance of many mythical figures, King Lear and King Arthur among them. It rapidly became a `bestseller’ across the British Isles and Europe: over 200 manuscripts survive. Here, an authoritative version of the text is presented with a facing translation, prepared especially for the volume. It also contains a full introduction and notes.