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3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  151 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews present you this new edition. 1. Nennius, the lowly minister and servant of the servants of God, by the grace of God, disciple of St. Elbotus, * to all the followers of truth sendeth health.
ebook, 61 pages
Published December 3rd 2010 by Pubone.Info (first published 828)
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The edition that I bought had around 40 pages, including the editor's notes, so this doesn't take long to get through. I understand that there are several versions of the Historia Brittonum that have come down from the Middle Ages, and that the document was added to and edited by different authors. That may account for the confusion of dates given in the edition I read. Most historians seem to date the text from the decade of the 830s, but the Prologue included with this edition refers to the hi ...more
Feb 27, 2017 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
That was short and sweet, and not very well to the point. It seems Nennius' main concern was to apply dates and genealogies to everything and everyone mentioned in the brief Christian history. Although it gives a great insight onto the importance of history and the who's who of early Britain, it gave no real information. It was a written adage taken from oral traditions. It's a quick read, but a confusing one.
Yaasha Moriah
I read this as a follow-up to Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain, which was probably a good choice, since Geoffrey's History made Nennius' History more understandable, especially since Nennius just skims over a lot of material, most of which is fleshed out in Geoffrey's account.

However, I also found several instances in which Nennius and Geoffrey differed on the particulars of a story. In the case of Ambrose (the figure who later gives rise to Merlin Ambrosius of Arthurian l
(Second book for the readathon. Going so slowly!)

Nennius contains one of the earliest references to King Arthur. It's a short reference -- one I've actually read in the course reader -- but I wanted to read it in context. Nothing much surprising to me in this: I know this version of history.

The Dodo Press edition isn't great. I bought it new yesterday: today one of the pages just fell right out. Great binding there, guys. The footnotes are odd, too: instead of being at the bottom of the page, th
Nennius's History of the Britons is a mythic "history" of Britain and the Britonnic Peoples' conflicts with the Saxons. The text was also the springboard that helped launch Geoffrey of Monmouth's literary career, using it as a source for his influential History of the Kings of Britain. The text's notable for being the first literary appearance of both Merlin (as the character Ambrosius) and the legendary King Arthur. Furthermore, it contains the first mention the Brythonic red dragon (immortalis ...more
Feb 19, 2009 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Melissa by: Dr. Liam Felsen
Shelves: adult
As far as histories go, it's quite short. However, Nennius packs a lot of detail into his writing. I find myself wanting to read more. Nennius has also given us a detailed account of King Arthur and the battle at Mount Badon. It is important to keep in mind though, that King Arthur may not have been a historical person. This is definitely a very entertaining and complete history, but not necessarily accurate.
Feb 06, 2013 Tracy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 9th-century, history
Concerned more with genealogies, and extensive familial lines of British Kings, Nennius' history is advisable to those with an interest in British and Anglo-Saxon history, or those with a keen desire to read one of Geoffrey of Monmouth's predecessors. For my own taste, Bede's The Ecclesiastical History of the English People is of more historical interest, and Geoffrey's History of the King of Britain is more of a rollicking good time.
Tim Walker
A Quixotic Monkish Early History

Nennius, a Welsh monk writing in a monastery in the eighth century, attempts to tie together the threads of classical legends with a bit of old testament added to Roman history and early Dark Ages tales to make up a strange brew. Well, at least he had a go, and is read today because his is one of the few surviving 'histories' from the grim and foreboding Dark Ages.
Andrew Smith
Interesting read, but very fragmented. At 40 pages one of the shortest books I've read.. apparently written/compiled shortly after 833AD by Nennius, but at one point the writer says he is writing in 547AD.. so presumably a compilation of earlier writings. Fragments of early British history. Interesting to read of the Scotti/Scots arriving from Spain, via Ireland; and the Picts later from Scythia.
proves conclusively that king arthur ruled wisely and established a liberal constitutional monarchy in the sixth century, only to be destroyed by the incompetence of the bloody romans and/or invasion by the evil germanians.
Christopher Gilmour
it was all right
Jonathan Farley
The text of this history is much more succinct than Gildas, but crammed with detail and dates which provide excellent points of comparison with other histories.
Mar 22, 2011 Fabio rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A historical work from 830, that supposedly relates the history of the Brittonic inhabitants of Britain from earliest times, this text has been used to write a history of both Wales and England.
Doug Ramsburg
A very important history book.
Mar 10, 2010 Nina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arthurian-legend
Though it can be questioned how much of this is really true, since it is believed that parts of it were added long after it was first written, it is nevertheless interesting reading.
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История бриттов Ненния.
Очень тяжелая для восприятия книга, однако крайне небольшого объема.
Назвать ее исторической и художественной очень сложно, в ней полно перечисления народов, королей, завоеваний, но крайне мало чего-то художественно осмысленного. Компиляция более древних и незнакомых нам авторов.
Применять хронологию, указанную в книге, по современным понятиям просто нельзя, все скачет отрывками туда-сюда. При этом общее представление о взглядах на историю со стороны жителя 11 века дает. Что
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