Geoffrey of Monmouth

1090 - 1155

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Geoffrey of Monmouth (Latin: Galfridus Monemutensis, Galfridus Arturus; Welsh: Gruffudd ap Arthur, Sieffre o Fynwy; c. 1095 – c. 1155) was a Catholic cleric from Monmouth, Wales, and one of the major figures in the development of British historiography and the popularity of tales of King Arthur. He is best known for his chronicle The History of the Kings of Britain (Latin: De gestis Britonum or Historia Regum Britanniae) which was widely popular in its day, being translated into other languages from its original Latin. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Geoffrey of Monmouth has received more than 1,137,084 page views. His biography is available in 57 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 54 in 2019). Geoffrey of Monmouth is the 720th most popular writer (down from 632nd in 2019), the 550th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 500th in 2019) and the 62nd most popular British Writer.

Geoffrey of Monmouth is most famous for writing a book called History of the Kings of Britain.

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Notable Works

Historia regum Britanniae
Histories of the kings of Britain
Brut y brenhinedd
Galfredi Monumetensis Historia Britonum
The British history
Great Britain
The life of Merlin


Among writers, Geoffrey of Monmouth ranks 720 out of 7,302Before him are Veronica Franco, Alain-René Lesage, Milorad Pavić, Alfred de Vigny, Emilio Salgari, and Julius Fučík. After him are Bernart de Ventadorn, William Saroyan, Hugo Ball, Longus, Zosimus, and Robert E. Howard.

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Among people born in 1090, Geoffrey of Monmouth ranks 2Before him is Bernard of Clairvaux. After him are Frederick II, Duke of Swabia, Antipope Anacletus II, Eric II of Denmark, Qin Hui, Sigurd the Crusader, Ulvhild Håkansdotter, Douce I, Countess of Provence, Conrad I, Duke of Zähringen, and Robert, 1st Earl of Gloucester. Among people deceased in 1155, Geoffrey of Monmouth ranks 1After him are Qin Hui, Al-Khazini, Arnold of Brescia, Emperor Konoe, Li Qingzhao, Sigurd II of Norway, and David V of Georgia.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Geoffrey of Monmouth ranks 550 out of 8,785Before him are Bruce Dickinson (1958), Thomas Bayes (1702), George Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston (1859), Betty Williams (1943), David McCallum (1933), and David Lean (1908). After him are Jane Seymour (1951), Thomas Cranmer (1489), Christian Bale (1974), David II of Scotland (1324), Sir Arthur Harris, 1st Baronet (1892), and David J. Thouless (1934).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Geoffrey of Monmouth ranks 62Before him are Martin Amis (1949), Ernest Thompson Seton (1860), Ian McEwan (1948), Douglas Adams (1952), Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772), and Oliver Sacks (1933). After him are Christopher Tolkien (1924), Beatrix Potter (1866), Walter Raleigh (1554), A. J. Cronin (1896), Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809), and William McMaster Murdoch (1873).