The Last Remaining
Book written in King Arthur's Time.
- This was a book written
in Latin by the British hermit
and writer, St. Gildas.
- The title is also in Latin. It
is pronounced 'Day Ex-id-ee-oh et Con-quest-oo Brit-ann-ee-eye'. It means 'The
Ruin & Conquest of Britain'.
- Gildas said that he
wrote it 44 years after the Battle of Mount
Badon. This was supposed to have been a famous victory for
King Arthur over the Saxons.
- We don't know when this
battle took place. Historians think it was sometime around AD
- De Excidio was a
religious book. In it, Gildas had a big moan about the state
of Britain since the Roman Army had
left. He told all the people in charge and the priests in
the British Church what a bad job they'd made of things.
- Gildas also wrote, in
this book, about things that happened in Britain before and
Arthur's time. He wrote about:
- The 'proud tyrant'
who was called 'Vortigern'
by a later Anglo-Saxon writer named Bede
- King Ambrosius
who led the Britons
- The Battle of Mount
Badon (though he does not mention King Arthur)
- Five local kings who
were ruling in Britain at the time he was writing. He did
not like them.
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