"A Certain Very Ancient Book": Traces of an Arthurian Source in Geoffrey of Monmouth's History

@article{Ashe1981ACV,
  title={"A Certain Very Ancient Book": Traces of an Arthurian Source in Geoffrey of Monmouth's History},
  author={G. Ashe},
  journal={Speculum},
  year={1981},
  volume={56},
  pages={301 - 323}
}
  • G. Ashe
  • Published 1 April 1981
  • History
  • Speculum
At a time when I was giving a good deal of attention to such matters [i.e. traditions of Arthur and other early British kings], Walter, Archdeacon of Oxford, a man skilled in the art of public speaking and well-informed about the history of foreign countries, presented me with a certain very ancient book written in the British language. This book . .. set out all the deeds of these men, from Brutus, the first King of the Britons, down to Cadwallader, the son of Cadwallo. At Walter's request I… Expand
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References

On the book ' s alleged geographic provenance , see also John J . Parry and Robert A . Caldwell , " Geoffrey of Monmouth , " in
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