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THE BATTLE OF MOUNT BADON

  • Robert Birley
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* Ex eo tempore nunc cives, nunc hostes, vincebant ut in ista gente experiretur Dominus solito more praesentem Israelem, utrum diligat eum, an non ; usque ad annum obsessionis Badonici montis, novissimaeque ferme de furciferis non minimae stragis, quique quadragesimus quartus ut novi orditur annus, mense jam uno emenso, qui et meae nativitatis est. Gildas, , De Excidio et Conquesto Britanniae, 26

1 Probably late ioth century (Chambers, , Arthur of Britain, p. 13).

2 The answers may be summarized thus: Nennius (9th century) about 512; ‘Annales Cambriae’ (10th century) about 516; Gildas (6th century) between 499 and 511

3 Sumner, , Ancient Earthworks in Cranborne Chase, pp. 2022, gives an account of Whitsbury camp. He suggests that the raising of the rampart on the southeastern side was carried out by the Britons against the Saxons. But it is difficult to see the use of raising only one part of a rampart or a fort on an open down. The use I have made of this volume, which for anyone who knows the district is an incalculable blessing, will be obvious to those who have read it.

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Antiquity
  • ISSN: 0003-598X
  • EISSN: 1745-1744
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