FM Jaakko Tahkokallion väitöskirja “Monks, Clerks and King Arthur: Reading Geoffrey of Monmouth in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries” tarkastettiin 27.4.2013 Helsingin yliopistossa. Vastaväittäjänä toimi professori Julia Crick (King’s College London) ja kustoksena professori Markku Peltonen.
Most medieval Englishmen probably did not know a great deal about a place called Finland. But if they knew something, it may well have been this: Finland was an island of the Swedish Kingdom, and it was in ancient times conquered by King Arthur. This may be news to you, but so it was written in an English law book, Leges Anglorum, dating from around 1200. This text discusses not only laws but also various law-making kings, and it presents a list of regions which King Arthur had conquered in the sixth century, including Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Lapland, and Finland. The source and inspiration of the writer is obvious, even though he himself added Finland and Lapland to the list: this creative legal scholar was using the work known by the name History of the Kings of Britain, written by Geoffrey of Monmouth, a churchman at Oxford, in the 1130s.
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