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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading
For anyone researching the early history of Britain and the spread of Christianity this book is essential in giving a one-sided view of the social situation of the land as opposed to the standard historical 'every-thing-is-fine' records
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3.0 out of 5 stars Multiple printing errors.
This book is let down by multiple printing errors, which are a distraction. It is, however, useful as a unique source of possible post-Roman events.
Published 5 months ago by Joanna Osborn-Little


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3.0 out of 5 stars Multiple printing errors., 17 Nov 2013
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This book is let down by multiple printing errors, which are a distraction. It is, however, useful as a unique source of possible post-Roman events.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading, 16 Jan 2014
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For anyone researching the early history of Britain and the spread of Christianity this book is essential in giving a one-sided view of the social situation of the land as opposed to the standard historical 'every-thing-is-fine' records
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5.0 out of 5 stars British Jeremiah, 17 Jun 2011
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Gildas was a British cleric, probably a monk, living ca AD 500-570.

The book is a sermon, an almost hysterical rant about the sins of the Britons and their rulers in the 6th Century. He praises a few leaders, such as Aurelius Ambrosius, but savagely attacks the kings Vortigern, Constantine, Aurelius Conanus, Vortiporius, Cuneglas and Maelgwyn. In his final chapter he attacks the clergy for their sloth and negligence.

He claims that these are the reasons that God has visited the British people with punishment in the form of withdrawal of Roman troops and the invasions of the Vikings.

Leaving out the religious frenzy, the book is of great interest as it is the only contemporary account of the departure of the Romans and the arrival of the Vikings.

JA Giles has made an excellent translation from the original Latin. The print is clear and easy to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars On the Ruin of Britain by Gildas, 6 May 2013
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A necessary book for historians of the period. What a pity Gildas was obsessed by the Old Testament. He blames the state of Britain on the immorality of its leaders,
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5.0 out of 5 stars worth every penny, 17 Oct 2013
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if you are interested in the early history of Britain, then this book from Gildas is a must for any historian
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