the story of king lear from geoffrey of monmouth to shakespeare

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: p. 355), becomes Cunedagius the son of Regan, king of Britain for thirty-three years at the time when Isaiah and Hosea were prophesying and Rome was founded (Geoffrey II, xv). Thus Maelgwn-Maglaunus-Malgo enjoys the singular privilege of standing uncle to his own atuvus, an experience which eminently fits him for the position he holds some' twelve centuries later as successor to King Arthur. The next paragraph (63) of Nennius supplies the name of Morcant, another 6th century personage, which Geoffrey gives to Goneril's son Marganus. And something more than mere names seems to have come from this source, for Cunedagius establishes his dominion in much the same way as Cunedag. After Cordeilla's death her nephews divide Britain, Marganus taking the part north of the Humber. Later he invades his cousin's territory but is forced to flee before Cunedagius who at length slays him in pago Kambriae, qui post inter- fedionem Margani ejus nomine videlicet Margane hucusque a pagensibus appellatus est, i. e. Glamorgan, gwlad Morgan (cf. Lot, Romania XXV, p. 26). "Morgan stands for older Morcant" (Rhys, Folk-Lore, IV, p. 69). The intruders whom Cunedagius defeats in Wales hail from North Britain. The fact that Scotti in Nennius and down to the 10th century means the Irish, but from the llth, the Scots (Zimmer, Nenn. Vind., p. 29), perhaps helps to explain the course of events in Britain after the death of Cordeilla. Then again as to Loir's building Leicester. The desire to account for such place-names had led to the creation of eponymous founders before Geoffrey wrote. Thus William of Malmesbury assigns Gloucester to the emperor Claudius (De Gestis Pontif. Ang1. § 153); Henry of Huntingdon Colchester to Coel (ed. Arnold, p. LIV). But Geoffrey rides eponymy to death. His British kings though ...
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