Geoffrey of Monmouth

Geoffrey of Monmouth (Welsh writer, c. 12th century)

“Indeed, when it is obvious that men are no longer using their weapons, but are instead playing at dice, burning up their strength with women and indulging in other gratifications of that sort, then without any doubt their bravery, honour, courage and good name all become tainted with cowardice.”

  • From Geoffrey of Monmouth’s The History of the Kings of Britain (IX.15), completed in 1136, translated from Latin into English by Lewis Thorpe (Penguin Classics, 1966).


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