Geoffrey of Monmouth


Geoffrey of Monmouth (flourished 12th century)

“It is easier for a kite to be made to act like a sparrow-hawk than for a wise man to be fashioned at short notice from a peasant.”

  • From Geoffrey of Monmouth’s The History of the Kings of Britain (VI.3), completed in 1136, translated from Latin into English by Lewis Thorpe (Penguin Classics, 1966).

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