Geoffrey of Monmouth

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Geoffrey of Monmouth
Born c. 1100
Wales
Died c. 1155
Occupation Clergyman
Writer
Notable works History of the Kings of Britain

Geoffrey of Monmouth (c. 1100 – c. 1155) was a clergyman and writer. He was probably born in Wales. He was made the bishop of St Asaph on 21 February 1152.

He wrote History of the Kings of Britain. This book told the story of all the kings of Britain since ancient times. The book was thought to be true for a long time. Some modern historians say Geoffrey made up most of it.

Stories about King Arthur in Geoffrey's book helped to make Arthur a popular character. Shakespeare consulted Geoffrey's book when he wrote King Lear and Cymbeline.