Maiden Castle, Geoffrey of Monmouth and Harun al-Rasid

Coates, R. (2006) Maiden Castle, Geoffrey of Monmouth and Harun al-Rasid. Nomina, 29. pp. 5-60. ISSN 0141-6340

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Abstract

A submitted article in an onomastics journal, accepted without major revision, whose main thesis is that the place-name Maiden Castle, recurrent in Scotland and England, has its immediate origin in the work of Geoffrey of Monmouth. He transposed it from a context of crusaders' knowledge of a prominent ruin in the Levant to the fortress of Edinburgh, from where the name, used as a topos, eventually spread throughout Britain. Some other theses are addressed briefly, such as that the topos is in part responsible for the direction of the development of the roman courtois tradition.

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Uncontrolled Keywords:Maiden Castle, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Harun al-Rasid
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education
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