HISTORIA PRINTS

SCENES FROM GEOFFREY OF MONMOUTH’S HISTORY OF THE KINGS OF BRITAIN, CA 1136

This series of linocuts depicts episodes from Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia regum Britanniae (History of the Kings of Britain) - written ca 1136 for England’s Norman elite. These became standard stories, to be rewritten and retold in the vernacular. The Historia series explores Britishness as an idea, as an assemblage of apocrypha.

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Diana sends Brutus to Albion

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The History of the Kings of Britain, Ch. I. 11

“Brutus, beyond the setting of the sun, past the realms of Gaul, there lies an island in the sea, once occupied by giants. Now it is empty and ready for your folk. Down the years this will provide an abode suited to you and your people; and for your descendants it will be a second Troy. A race of kings will be born there from your stock and the round circle of the whole earth will be subject to them.”

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The Death of Gogmagog

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The History of the Kings of Britain, Ch. I. 17

“The contest began. Corineus moved in, so did the giant; each of them caught the other in a hold by twining his arms around him, and the air vibrated with their panting breath. Gogmagog gripped Corineus with all his might and broke three of his ribs, two on the right side and one on the left. Corineus then summoned all his strength, for he was infuriated by what had happened. He heaved Gogmagog up on to his shoulders, and running as fast as he could under the weight, he hurried off to the nearby coast. He clambered up to the top of a mighty cliff, shook himself free and hurled this deadly monster, whom he was carrying on his shoulders, far out into the sea.”

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Bladud of Bath

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The History of the Kings of Britain, Ch. II. 11

“[King] Bladud was a most ingenious man who encouraged necromancy throughout the kingdom of Britain. He pressed on with his experiments and finally constructed a pair of wings for himself and tried to fly through the upper air. He came down on top of the Temple of Apollo in the town of Trinovantum [which be- came London] and was dashed into countless fragments. After Bladud had met his fate in this way, his son Lear was raised to the kingship.”

Conwenna reconciles her Sons

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The History of the Kings of Britain, Ch. III. 7

“She bared her breasts before him and in a voice broken with sobbing she spoke to him as follows: “Remember, my son, remember these breasts which once you sucked! Remember the womb of your mother [...] bringing you forth into the world while birth-pangs tore at her vitals because of you. Remember all the care and anxiety which I endured for your sake: then grant me my request. Forgive your brother.”

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11,0000 Virgins

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The History of the Kings of Britain, Ch. V. 16

“He ordered ships to be brought there from the different coasts, in which they could cross the sea to the husbands whom I have mentioned. This pleased many in the great crowd [of women]; but it displeased an even greater number, who loved their parents and their homeland with deeper affection. Moreover, there were some present who preferred chastity to marriage and would rather have forefeited their lives than have become rich in this way. Indeed, they all had personal wishes in the matter, if only they had been able to achieve what they really wanted. [...] The ships ran hazard of the sea and for the most part foundered. Those which escaped this terrible danger were driven ashore on islands inhabited by barbarians the women were either slaughtered by the uncivilised islanders or sold into slavery.”

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Vortigern the Traitor

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The History of the Kings of Britain, Ch. Viii. 2

“Vortigern particularly wanted to know what his own end would be, and he asked the young man to tell him what he knew about it. Merlin gave the following answer: ‘Run from the fiery vengeance of the sons of Constantine, that is if you have the power to escape it. [...] The first thing they will do will be to burn you alive, shut up inside your tower.’”

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Merlin guides the building of Stonehenge

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The History of the Kings of Britain, Ch. VIII. 13

“Aurelius ordered Merlin to erect round the burial-place the stones which he had brought from Ireland. Merlin obeyed the King’s orders and put the stones up in a circle around the sepulchre, in exactly the same way as they had been arranged on Mount Killaraus in Ireland, thus proving that his artistry was worth more than any brute strength.”