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Geoffrey of Brittany

(1158—1186) prince

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Arthur

Overview page. Subjects: Religion — History.

Traditionally king of Britain, historically perhaps a 5th‐ or 6th‐century Romano‐British chieftain or general. His life and court have become the focus for many romantic legends in various...

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Cornwall

Overview page. Subjects: British History.

The oldest of English duchies (from 1337, though first a Norman earldom c.1140) has dimensions other than its peninsularity: the south‐flowing Tamar forms the county boundary with Devon. As...

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Matilda

Overview page. Subjects: British History.

(1102–67)

English princess, daughter of Henry I. She was Henry's only legitimate child and was named his heir in 1127. In 1135 her father died and Matilda was forced to flee when...

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Merlin

Overview page. Subjects: Religion.

In Arthurian legend, the powerful magician who protected Arthur in childhood and was later his chief counsellor; he was eventually entrapped by the enchantress Vivien.

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Plantagenet

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Name of the English royal dynasty which held the throne from the accession of Henry II in 1154 until the death of Richard III in 1485. The name comes from Latin planta genista ‘sprig of...

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Stephen

Overview page. Subjects: British History.

(c. 1096–1154),

king of England (1135–54) and duke of Normandy (1135–44), was the third son of Stephen, count of Blois, and Adela, daughter of William the Conqueror. During his...

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