from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Geoffrey of Monmouth 1100?-1154. English prelate and chronicler whose Historia Regum Britanniae (c. 1139) is a source of Arthurian legend.
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- n. Welsh chronicler who wrote an account of the kings of Britain which is now believed to contain little historical fact but it is a source of the Arthurian legend (circa 1100-1154)
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Was this the "Giants 'Dance" which Merlin brought from Killaraus, in Ireland, to be Uther Pendragon's monument to the British nobles whom Hengist slaughtered here, as Geoffrey of Monmouth relates? or was it a Roman work, as Inigo Jones explained to King James; or identical in design and style with the East Indian temples of the sun; as Davies in the Celtic Researches maintains?
A twelfth century author of quite different character had a good hold upon the people; the number of copies of Geoffrey of Monmouth must have been considerable, for the British Museum now has thirty-five copies and Bodley's Library sixteen.
He rejects the legend of the Trojan descent of the early Britons, and animadverts severely on what he calls “the impudent and impertinent lies” of Geoffrey of Monmouth (q.v.).