Category: Literature

text and artwork from historia regum britanniae

Historia Regum Britanniae

Welcome to our article on De Gestis Britonum, or Historia Regum Britanniae, otherwise known as the Deeds of Britons, or History of Kings of Britain Introduction to and Value of the Text Originally called De Gestis

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King Arthur

King Arthur’s Historical Sources

The historical man behind the literature’s king was probably a warlord existing in the period between AD 450 and AD 650. His name, Artorius, derives perhaps from a Roman family, because it is extremely rare

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Englyn(n)ion Y Beddau

Englyn(n)ion Y Beddau

Englyn(n)ion Y Beddau/Bedeu/Beteu/Betev (Stanzas/Verses of The Graves), also known as Beddau Milwyr Ynys Prydain (Graves of Warriors of Isle of Britain) comes primarily from Llyfr Du Cærfyrddin (Black Book of Cærmarthen),  Llyfr Coch Hergest (Red

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Pa Gur/Gwr yv Y Porthaur?

Pa Gur/Gwr yv Y Porthaur?, or Arthur a Y Porthaur, or Ymddiddan Arthur a Glewlwyd Gafaelfawr Translation: (What Man is The Gatekeeper?, or Arthur and The Porter, or Dialogue of Arthur and Glewlwyd Gafaelfawr), from

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chulwch and olwen in the giant's court

Culhwch and Olwen

Introduction to the Text Culhwch ac Olwen is a Welsh story about a hero associated with Arthur and his warriors.  The story survives in only two manuscripts: a complete version in Llyfr Coch Hergest (Red

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The Welsh Triad

The Welsh Triads are otherwise known as the Triads of the Island of Britain (Britain is also referred to as Prydain). The word Triads is gotten from the word “Tri” which means three. In literature the

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