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Geoffrey of Monmouth

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Geoffrey of Monmouth

Short Biography, facts and interesting information about Geoffrey of Monmouth - the life of one of the famous people who lived during the Medieval times
Medieval Author of Historia Regum Britanniae - the History of the King's of Britain

Geoffrey of Monmouth
The Medieval Times encompass one of the most exciting periods in the History of England and Europe. The names of many famous Medieval people scatter the Medieval History books and other historical documents. Why were these important Medieval people famous and what did they accomplish? Famous Medieval people of the Middle Ages included Artists, Clerics, Crusaders, Explorers, Religious Leaders, Military Leaders, Philosophers & Theologians, Scientists, Physicians, Writers & Poets and Reformers who featured in the Medieval times of the Middle Ages from 1066 - 1485. The following biography, short history and interesting facts provide helpful information for history courses and history coursework 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 about the life of Geoffrey of Monmouth
The following biography, short history and interesting facts provide helpful information for history courses and history coursework about the life and history of Geoffrey of Monmouth a famous Medieval character of historical importance who lived during the Middle Ages:

  • Country of Origin / Nationality: Welsh
  • Lifetime: 1100 - c.1155
  • Born: He was born in the year 1100 in Monmouth, Wales
  • Family connections : He was the son of a man called Arthur
  • Childhood, early life and education: He attended Monmouth Priory and then studied at Oxford University
  • Occupation and 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
  • Died: Geoffrey of Monmouth died c1155
  • Accomplishments and Achievements 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.

Famous Medieval People - Geoffrey of Monmouth
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