Geoffrey of Monmouth

Geoffrey of Monmouth (c. 12th-century)

“The leader who is as fierce as a lion in peace-time but as gentle as a lamb in time of war is not really worth much.”

  • From Geoffrey of Monmouth’s The History of the Kings of Britain (IV.9), completed in 1136, translated from Latin into English by Lewis Thorpe (Penguin Classics, 1966).


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