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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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Initial post: 17 Feb 2013 14:01:24 GMT
.. Gildas's estimated dates were 500-570 and the earliest Viking raid was ca 790 .... this reviewer presumably means the Anglo-Saxons. There are many excellent free translations on the internet starting with the "Internet History Sourcebooks Project". Readers would be better off getting these free and spending the money on a professional historian's book like Britain AD.
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