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Old 25-02-2016, 10:24 PM   #24
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Merlin prophesies for Vortigern, from a manuscript of Geoffrey..
Geoffrey of Monmouth (Latin: Galfridus Monemutensis, Galfridus Arturus, Welsh: Gruffudd ap Arthur, Sieffre o Fynwy) (c. 1100 – c. 1155) was a Welsh cleric and a major figure in the development of British historiography and the popularity of tales of King Arthur.. He is best known for his chronicle Historia Regum Britanniae ("History of the Kings of Britain"), which was widely popular in its day and was credited, uncritically, well into the 16th century, being translated into various other languages from its original Latin, but which is now considered historically unreliable..Geoffrey was probably born some time between 1100 and 1110 in Wales or the Welsh Marches..A Marcher Lord (Welsh: Barwn y Mers) was a noble appointed by the King of England to guard the border (known as the Welsh Marches) between England and Wales..Geoffrey and the Lancelot-Grail Cycle have Mordred being succeeded by his sons..Stories always number them as two..

Excalibur Battle O- Fortuna..

Earlier scholars assumed that Geoffrey was Welsh or at least spoke Welsh..Geoffrey's knowledge of the Welsh language appears to have been slight however, and it is now recognised that there is no real evidence that Geoffrey was of either Welsh or Cambro-Norman descent, unlike for instance, Gerald of Wales.. He may have sprung from the same French-speaking elite of the Welsh border country as the writers Gerald of Wales and Walter Map, and Robert, Earl of Gloucester, to whom Geoffrey dedicated versions of his Historia Regum Britanniae..It has been argued, by Frank among others, that Geoffrey's parents may have been among the many Bretons who took part in William I's Conquest and settled in the southeast of Wales..Monmouth had been in the hands of Breton lords since 1075 or 1086 and the names Galfridus and Arthur (if interpreted as a patronymic) were more common among the Bretons than the Welsh..He may have served for a while in a Benedictine priory..He was probably a secular canon of St. George's college.. All the charters signed by Geoffrey are also signed by Walter, Archdeacon of Oxford, also a canon at that church..Another frequent co-signatory is Ralph of Monmouth, a canon of Lincoln..A canon (from the Latin canonicus, itself derived from the Greek κανονικός, kanonik√≥s, "relating to a rule", "regular") is a member of certain bodies subject to an ecclesiastical rule..16mm cameras-Scoopic 16 (1965)..A cannon (plural: cannon or cannons) is any piece of artillery that uses gunpowder or other usually explosive-based propellants to launch a Projectyle..

Canto XXXII..

Geoffrey wrote several works of interest, all in Latin, the language of learning and literature in Europe during the medieval period.. His major work was the Historia Regum Britanniae (History of the Kings of Britain), the work best known to modern readers.. It relates the purported history of Britain, from its first settlement by Brutus, a descendant of the Trojan hero Aeneas, to the da'ath of Cadwallader in the 7th century, taking in Julius Caesar's invasions of Britain, two kings, Leir and Cymbeline, later immortalised by William Shakespeare, and one of the earliest developed narratives of King Arthur..Geoffrey claims in his dedication that the book is a translation of an "ancient book in the British language that told in orderly fashion the deeds of all the kings of Britain", given to him by Walter, Archdeacon of Oxford..The earliest of Geoffrey's writings to appear was probably the Prophetiae Merlini (Prophecies of Merlin), which he wrote at some point before 1135, and which appears both independently and incorporated into the Historia Regum Britanniae. It consists of a series of obscure prophetic utterances attributed to Merlin, which Geoffrey claimed to have translated from an unspecified language..The third work attributed to Geoffrey is another hexameter poem Vita Merlini ("Life of Merlin").. The Vita is based much more closely on traditional material about Merlin than are the other works; here he is known as Merlin of the Woods Merlinus Sylvestris) or Scottish Merlin (Merlinus Caledonius), and is portrayed as an old man living as a crazed and grief-stricken outcast in the forest... want him with a whole heart, body and soul..He'll crack..Perhaps-one tiny piece at a time.. I don't want a man of fragments.. Fascinating..He doesn't even bend a little..That's why he'll break...

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