Lesson from History - Historia Regum Britanniae and Twelfth Century Turmoil

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Lesson from History - Historia Regum Britanniae and Twelfth Century Turmoil

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dc.contributor.author Raza, Ali
dc.date.accessioned 2010-12-15T02:34:18Z
dc.date.available 2010-12-15T02:34:18Z
dc.date.issued 2010-12-15T02:34:18Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/2353
dc.description.abstract History
 often
 repeats
 itself
 as
 so
 popularly
 said.
 In
 the
 twelfth
 century,
 Britain
 witnessed
 a
 chaotic
 time
 not
 unlike
 it
 had
 before
 in
 the
 past.
 King
 Stephen
 of
 Blois
 was
 caught
 in
 a
 battle
 of
 succession
 with
 his
 cousin
 Matilda.
 Under
 his
 reign
 many
 problems
 in
 Britain’s
 social
 and
 political
 sphere
 emerged
 and
 erupted 
into 
a 
mess 
of 
civil 
war, 
instability,
 and
 poor
 government.
 It 
was
 in 
this
 time
 that
 a
 Welsh-­Norman
 scribe,
 Geoffrey
 of
 Monmouth,
 wrote
 his
 magnum
 opus,
 “Historia
 Regum
 Britanniae.”
 In
 his
 work,
 Geoffrey
 detailed
 the
 accounts
 of
 the
 British
 kings
 of
 the
 past,
 and
 although
 modern
 historiography
 deems
 his
 work
 to
 be
 highly
 inaccurate
 and
 even
 fictional,
 
 its
 significance
 remains
 important.
 As
 a
 chronicle
 of
 history
 widely
 accepted
 well
 until
 the
 sixteenth
 century,
 Geoffrey’s
 “Historia
 Regum
 Britanniae”
 provided
 the
 people
 of
 medieval
 Britain
 insight
 and
 reflection
 to
 events
 surrounding
 their
 lives.
 This
 paper
 argues
 that
 Geoffrey’s
 writing
 displays
 a
 warning
 for
 Britain
 meant
 to
 remind
 peasant
 and
 lord
 alike
 that
 history
 can
 indeed
 repeat
 itself,
 and
 in
 many
 cases
 will
 not
 always
 be
 pleasant.
 It
 is
 essential
 that
 changes
 be
 made
 in
 order 
to 
avoid 
catastrophic 
events 
from 
occurring 
again. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ca/ *
dc.subject the anarchy en
dc.subject king stephen en
dc.subject historia regum britanniae en
dc.subject geoffrey of monmouth en
dc.title Lesson from History - Historia Regum Britanniae and Twelfth Century Turmoil en
dc.type Article en


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