British History, 407-597, by Fabio P. Barbieri

Novels I Classical Literature I (Pseudo)-Scientific I Children's Books I Comics I Music & Movies I Various stuff
What's New I Sitemap I Arthurian articles I History of Britain, 407-597 I View guestbook I Sign guestbook I Poll I About me I Links I Search

  Vortigern Studies > Faces of Arthur > British History > Book 9

Faces of Arthur Index
FACES OF ARTHUR HOMEPAGE
FACES OF ARTHUR SITEMAP
WHAT IS NEW IN FACES OF ARTHUR FACES OF ARTHUR LINKSSEARCH FACES OF ARTHUR CONTACT US!

Vortigen Studies Index
VORTIGERN STUDIES
ABOUT VORTIGERN STUDIES
VORTIGERN STUDIES BIBLIOGRAPHY
VORTIGERNSTUDIES INFOPAGES

The Arthurian Collection is a part of Vortigern Studies

VORTIGERN STUDIES

 

Book IX: The Aftermath

This book completes the tale by tracing the beginnings of the modern nationhood, religion and culture of the new English and Welsh nations.

 

The extraordinary intellectual achievement of Saint Gildas is placed within this context, and shown to be the direct result of the revolutionary intellectual energies unleashed by the Arthurian revolution. His clash with St.David is analyzed and placed in the context of events.

This chapter re-examines the evidence for English conquest and conversion, getting rid of a few accepted ideas (such as the supposed importance of Aethelberht of Kent) and proposing a number of new theories, such as that the Celtic church, in the person of Bishop Kentigern of Glasgow, tried hard to reverse the Papal policy of converting the English, and that a large number of Christians had survived English conquest, in a very modified form of Church with no church buildings; these were the people who, in Kent, rushed to Augustine to be baptized. Over all towers the figure of Pope Gregory, saint, diplomat, and mould-breaking revolutionary.

This argues that the rise of Welsh as a literary language took place a generation or two after Arthur, whose bards still used the ancient Celtic speech, and began among the Gododdin dynasties, from Lothian to Gwynedd; so that, while the English nation was taking shape in the lowlands, the Welsh nation was also taking its modern shape.

History of Britain, 407-597 is copyright 2002, Fabio P. Barbieri. Used with permission.

Comments to: Fabio P. Barbieri


VortigernStudies is copyright Robert Vermaat 1999-2007. All rights reserved