Beyond British Boundaries in the Historia Regum Britanniae

  • Michael Wenthe
Part of the The New Middle Ages book series (TNMA)


In Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae, King Arthur’s preeminence as the greatest king of the Britons paradoxically depends on his challenge to the traditional understanding of British peoplehood as defined by precise boundaries of geography and ethnic identity. His efforts to extend Britishness are resisted by a desire for expression of identity that depends on exclusion.


Ethnic Identity British Empire British History Roman Mastery British Identity 
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© Jeffrey Jerome Cohen 2008

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  • Michael Wenthe

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