Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Age Of Arthur: Part Fifteen

This is the fifteenth-part of our discussion of Britain in the so-called Age of Arthur: the 5th though the mid-6th Century A.D. It is a fascinating period, with the Classical civilization of Greece and Rome giving way to the Germanic “Dark Ages”. It was the sunset of Celtic-Roman culture in Britain; it was the Age of Arthur!
(Read Part Fourteen here. Or start from the beginning, with Part One!)

In the previous installment, we built a case for Nennius’ 10th battle, the River Tribruit, to have been located on the River Fourth, 8 miles above Stirling.  Under the scenario herein created, Arthur is called north by his brother-in-law, Lot; in response to a conspiracy of outlaws, exiles, and Angle Vikings to march on Din Eidyn (Edinburgh).

A savage character named Garwlwyd (possibly synonymous with the figure known as Gwrgi Garwlwyd in the Welsh Triads)has formed a band of exiles and outlaws, called the “Dog Heads”. From his lair along the marches between the British kingdom of Gododdin and the Pictish Kingdom of Alba, the Dog Heads raid into Gododdin, carrying off plunder and prisoners; two of which (a boy and girl) they eat daily!
Making common cause with an Angle pirate chief named Edlfled, the Dog Heads plan to converge  upon and capture Din Eidyn from land and sea.

Arthur and his 300 mounted Cymbrogi rush north from Cornwall (a distance of approximately 500 miles), arriving at Din Eidyn in 10 days.  Joining with Lot’s forces, they move against

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