Sovereigns of the United Kingdom

  • Timothy Venning


Geoffrey of Monmouth in the 1140s claimed to be citing earlier books in giving a list of rulers before Cassivellaunus, including the ‘Lud’ who supposedly founded London and builtLudgate. His enterprising genealogy listed kings of Britain back to the legendary Brutus the Trojan c.1000 BC, all of it anachronistic and most of it evidently fabricated. Brennus, the ruler of the Celtic Gauls in northern Italy, who sacked Rome c.387 BC, was patriotically made a Briton. But it is not impossible that some genuine names of early Celtic tribal chieftains were picked up by later writers, wherever and whenever they ruled.


Early Book Tribal Land Office Holder British Politics Military Post 
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© Timothy Venning 2005

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