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Encyclopedia > Geoffrey Ashe

Geoffrey Ashe is a writer of non-fiction books. Many of these books are centered on factual analysis of the Arthurian Legend, and the archaeological past of King Arthur. Non-fiction is an account or representation of a subject which is composed of facts, true or untrue. ... The Matter of Britain is a name given collectively to the legends that concern the Celtic and legendary history of the British Isles, centering around King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table. ... Importance and applicability Most of human history is not described by any written records. ... King Arthur is an important figure in the mythology of Great Britain, where he appears as the ideal of kingship in both war and peace. ...


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Geoffrey of Monmouth (3378 words)
Geoffrey was apparently a canon at the secular college of St. George's until the institution's demise in 1149.
Geoffrey is the reason why nearly everyone in the western world knows who King Arthur is. It was he who lit the romantic literary flame, and European writers had a field day with it for several hundred years.
Geoffrey's history gave the Britons a distinguished origin (Brutus), established their reputation as a force to be reckoned with in Europe (Belinus and Brennius as well as Arthur), and trivialized the notion of good Saxon government by "demonstrating" that Alfred's much-touted law was nothing more than a translation of ancient British law.
EBK: Geoffrey of Monmouth (110-1155) (987 words)
Geoffrey is traditionally said to have been a Welshman, born somewhere in the region of Monmouth around 1100, though one or both of his parents may have come from Brittany.
Certainly ‘Geoffrey’s Window’ at which he is said to have sat and written his famous works and ‘Geoffrey’s Study’ used as a schoolroom within the Priory Gatehouse are only of late 15th century date.
Geoffrey made a more appreciative acquaintance while at St. George’s, in the person of Walter the Provost, who was also Archdeacon of the city.
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