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Geoffrey of Monmouth

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Geoffrey of Monmouth
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The following biography information provides basic facts and information about the key dates and events in the life of Geoffrey of Monmouth who was famous as a Medieval cleric and writer. His book the Historia Regum Britanniae - the History of the King's of Britain gave rise to the Arthurian legends of King Arthur and Camelot.

Short Biography profile and facts about the life of Geoffrey of Monmouth
The following biography information provides basic facts and information about the life and history of Geoffrey of Monmouth a famous Medieval character of the Middle Ages:

  • Nationality: Welsh
  • Lifespan: 1100 - c.1155
  • Date of Birth: He was born in the year 1100 in Monmouth, Wales
  • Family connections : He was the son of a man called Arthur
  • Early Life and Education: He attended Monmouth Priory and then studied at Oxford University
  • Career:
    • Geoffrey a Benedictine monk at Monmouth Priory
    • Geoffrey of Monmouth was then appointed Archdeacon of Llandsaff in 1140 
    • Archbishop Theobald consecrated Geoffrey of Monmouth as bishop of St Asaph on 21 February 1152
  • Date of Death: Geoffrey of Monmouth died c1155
  • Accomplishments or why Geoffrey of Monmouth was famous: His book the Historia Regum Britanniae - the History of the King's of Britain detailed the British Kings of the Dark Ages and gave rise to the Arthurian legends of King Arthur and Camelot.

Geoffrey of Monmouth
The story and biography of Geoffrey of Monmouth which contains interesting information, facts & the history about the life of this Medieval person of historical importance. The stories of many Welsh Celtic legends and Myths, and their authenticity, had been raised by a Welsh cleric called Geoffrey of Monmouth. In 1136 Geoffrey of Monmouth wrote a book called Historia Regum Britanniae - the History of the King's of Britain. This book detailed the old Kings and history dating from the Roman era and climaxing with the reign of King Arthur. King Arthur's story was also based on a prophecy - it was foretold that Arthur would become the "One, true King" of the Britons.

King Arthur was believed to have united all the people of Britain under his leadership. The story of King Arthur still lives on in myth and legend. The elements of the legend of King Arthur included Magic, Prophecy, Druids, Merlin, Gallant Knights, Fair ladies, the Age of Chivalry, Camelot and even the search for the Holy Grail. The story of King Arthur and Camelot was detailed in the book by Geoffrey of Monmouth. The book was called the Historia Regum Britanniae - the History of the King's of Britain. The information detailed in the book was believed to have been an accurate record.

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