De excidio et conquestu Britanniae: Gildas: His De excidio et conquestu Britanniae (“The Overthrow and Conquest of Britain”), one of the few sources for the. Gildas. De Excidio et Conquestu Britanniae,. Miguel Pablo Sancho Gómez. Uploaded by. M. Sancho Gómez. Medieval Sourcebook: Gildas (c): Works. Gildas (cc) was a Brythonic-speaking churchman, possibly from southern Scotland, who wrote De Excidio et Conquestu Britanniae.

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But in the meanwhile omitting our own words, let us rather hear what the prophetic trumpet soundeth in our ears speaking thus: And therefore what holy man is there, who, moved with the narration of such a history, would not presently break out into weeping and lamentations?

Which of you, I say, like Polycarp, the famous bishop of the church of Smyrna, that witness of Christ, hath courteously entertained as guests at his table, those who violently drew him out to be burned?

And hearken ye also what holy Job debateth of the beginning and end of the ungodly, saying, “For what purpose do the wicked live, and have grown old dishonestly, and their issue hath been according to their own desire, and their sons before their faces, and their houses are fruitful, and no fear nor yet the scourge of our Lord is upon them.

Thus saith our Lord: Britannniae Annales Cambriae gives the year of his death as ; however the Annals of Tigernach dates his death to And I poured out upon it, the whole design of my mind, britannae the fire of my wrath for the consuming of eccidio Caradoc also writes how the brothers of Gildas rose up against Arthur and refused to accept him as their lord.

And again in the gospel; “I am not able to do any thing of myself,” when at the same time he was excdiio with the Father, coequal with the Holy Ghost, and consubstantial with both, and created, not by the help of another, but by his own almighty power, the heaven and earth, with all their inestimable ornaments; and ye nevertheless have arrogantly lifted up your voices, notwithstanding the prophet saith, “Why do earth and ashes swell with pride?

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In his condemnation Gildas also mentions the other beasts mentioned in the Apocalypse, such as the eagle, serpent, calf and wolf. For he shall pass forth as a burning fire, and as the fuller’s herb, and shall sit melting and trying silver, and ye shall purge the sons of Levi, and cleanse them as gold and as silver.

John Edward Lloyd suggests a connection between this king and the descendants of the great hero Ambrosius Aurelianus mentioned previously by Gildas; if this is true his kingdom may have been located somewhere in territory subsequently taken by the Anglo-Saxons.


Arthurian Period Sources 7, London: Cynlas of the royal genealogies, the son of Owain Whitetooth son of Einion son of Cunedda. It is enriched by the mouths of two noble rivers, the Thames and the Severn, as it were two arms, by which foreign luxuries were of old imported, and by other streams of less importance.

What utter depth of darkness of soul!

Others, overcome by hunger, gave themselves up to the enemies to be their slaves for ever, if they were not instantly slain, which was equivalent to the highest service. But now with diligent ears hearken unto him, who was foreknown before he was formed in the belly, sanctified before he came out of the womb, and appointed a prophet in all nations: They left their cities, abandoned the protection of the wall and dispersed themselves in flight more desperately than before.

If thou shalt wash thee with nitre, and multiply unto thee the herb borith, thou art spotted in my sight with thine iniquity, saith our Lord.

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For if thou cost contemn these, be thou assured, thou shalt almost instantly be tossed and tormented in the inevitable and dark floods of endless fire. And again, in the first Epistle to the Corinthians, he saith: Hearken, therefore, unto these words, ye captains of the house of Jacob, and ye remnants of the house of Israel, who abhor judgment, and overthrow all righteousness, who build up Sion in blood, and Jerusalem in iniquities: For even Eli, the priest in Shilo, because he did not severely proceed, with a zeal worthy of God, in punishing his sons, when they contemned our Lord, but, as a man overswayed with a fatherly affection?

The Triumpher of Israel truly will not spare, and will not be bowed with repentance, neither yet is he a man that he should repent;” that is to say, upon the stony hearts of the wicked: Hear ye moreover what the holy prophet Malachi denounceth unto you, saying: A city placed on a mountain cannot be hid: On whom truly shall I cast mine eye, but on the humble poor man, and the contrite in spirit, and him that dreadeth my speeches?

But hear ye also blessed Zachariah the prophet, in the word of God, admonishing you: For the fire of vengeance, justly kindled by former crimes, spread from sea to sea, fed by the hands of our foes in the east, and did not cease, until, destroying the neighbouring towns and lands, it reached the other side of the island, and dipped its red and savage tongue in the western ocean.

By the advice of their protectors, they now built a wall across the island from one sea to the other, which being manned with a proper force, might be a terror to the foes whom it was intended to repel, and a protection to their friends whom it covered. Why cost thou wilfully kindle against thyself the eternal fires of hell? Baxter britaanniae — in Latin Gransden, Antonia For that when ye were ministers of his kingdom, ye have not judged uprightly, nor kept the law of justice, nor yet walked according briranniae his will.


Kings were anointed, not according to God’s ordinance, but such as showed themselves more cruel than the rest; and soon after, they were put to death by those who had elected them, without any inquiry into cconquestu merits, but because others still more cruel were chosen to succeed them.

In which respect hear likewise what the same holy apostle, with a prophetical spirit, foretelleth of you, and such as yourselves, writing plainly in this sort to Timothy: The usual date that has been given for the composition of the work is some time in the s, but it is now regarded as quite possibly earlier, in the first quarter of the sixth century, or even before that.

And it shall come to pass: One of his brothers was Saint Seiriol.

Woe be unto them who offend, and observe not my commandments, saith our Lord, I will not forbear them. What priest whose heart lieth open unto God would not instantly, upon hearing this, exclaim with anguish in the language of the prophet: Which of them “hath hated the counsel of the malicious, and not sat with the ungodly,” britznniae that exciido him as a prophet, the same might be verified which was said of Enoch, “Enoch walked with God and was not to be found” in the vanity forsooth of the whole world, as then leaving our Lord, and beginning to halt after idolatry?


And further on, speaking of the day of judgment and the unspeakable fears of sinners, he says, “Howl ye, because the day of our Lord is near at hand if so near at that time, what shall it now be thought to be?

Celtic studies in honour of Ann DooleyDublin: A legion is immediately sent, forgetting their past rebellion, and provided sufficiently with arms. And so saith the scripture it came to pass, that after he had eaten bread and drunk water, he made ready his ass, and departed, and a lion found him in the way and slew him.

For which cause it is written, Be ye holy, because I am holy.