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History of the Britons (Historia Brittonum)

History of the Britons (Historia Brittonum) by Nennius

History of the Britons (Historia Brittonum) by Nennius is a fascinating and informative text that provides a detailed account of early British history. The author delves into the origins of the Britons, their legendary leaders, and the various invasions and conflicts that shaped the course of their history.

Nennius presents a multitude of historical events and figures, interspersed with mythical tales and legends. While some of the stories may be embellished or exaggerated, they provide valuable insights into the beliefs and values of the Britons during that time.

One of the standout features of Historia Brittonum is the inclusion of the Arthurian legend, which plays a prominent role in the narrative. Nennius discusses the famous king and his exploits, adding to the rich tapestry of British folklore and history.

Overall, History of the Britons (Historia Brittonum) is a valuable resource for anyone interested in early British history and mythology. Nennius' work offers a unique perspective on the past, shedding light on the cultural, political, and social dynamics of ancient Britain.

Book Description:
Although the origin of this book is much debated it remains, perhaps, one of the earliest recorded histories of Britain. It was believed that Nennius wrote the book around 796AD. If indeed he wrote this record, Nennius is recognised as being a teller, and embellisher, of historic characters and events.
This book remains notable however, as one of the earliest that mention Arthur (The King of Arthurian legend).

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