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Fabio P. BarbieriHISTORY OF BRITAIN, 407-597, by Fabio P. Barbieri

Fabio P. Barbieri (1962) has a degree in Religious Studies and Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, but did always love mythology. His first book is on the subject of comparative mythology: Gods of the West I: Indiges, (Societe' Belge d'Etudes Celtiques - Series of Memoirs, 1998). This work on the Arthurian epic and history is his current project.

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A CHAPTER-BY- CHAPTER SUMMARY OF THE CONTENTS OF

HISTORY OF BRITAIN, 407-597,

by
Fabio P. Barbieri

This book is dedicated to Donatella Barbieri and her family for being good people, and to Debbie*Wallace.

 
  • Introduction
  • Book I: The world of Saint Gildas
    • 1: Gildas sapiens and his sapientia
    • 2: Gildas' history re-examined: Rome and the deceitful she-monster
    • 3: Sixth-century fact and Gildas
    • 4: The five tyrants: Cuneglasus, Aurelius Caninus, Constantine and Vortiporius
    • 5: The five tyrants: Maglocunus and the north
    • 6: British kings as tyrants
    • 7: Resurgent Celticism: Function and power of Gildas' kings
  • Book II: Legends and history of the end of Roman Britain
    • 1: Magnus Maximus and the Picts
    • 2: The Rescript of Honorius
    • 3: The Picts destroyed?
    • 4: Towards a reconstruction of "A": the Nennian material
    • 5: Reconstructing "A"
    • 6: The prehistory of A
    • 7: Zosimus and the supposed expulsion of the Roman magistrates
    • 8: The date of A
    • 9: The beginnings of British independence
  • Book VI: Vortigern: legends and history
    • 1: The attitudes to Vortigern and their causes
    • 2: The story of Vortigern, Emrys and the two dragons
    • 3: The cycle of Conn, Art and Cormac
    • 4: The origin of Hengist’s legend
    • 5: Who killed King Vortigern? A historical mystery
    • 6: Geoffrey and the legends of Vortigern and of Guithelinus
    • 7: Geoffrey, the lost document "N", its sources, and the historical Ambrosius
    • 8: The cult of St.Gurthiern
    • 9: An analytical reading of Nennius' Vortigern passages
  • Book VIII: The Lost Document L
    • 1: Preliminary considerations
    • 2: the lost document L: chronology and context
    • 3: The contamination of historical features with mythological material
    • 4: The lost document L: the character of the protagonists
    • 5: Scandinavian stories
    • 6: the British invasion of Gaul and the origins of Brittany
    • 7: The character of the Celticizing revolution
  • Book IX: the aftermath
    • 1: Saint Gildas reconsidered
    • 2: The English conquest and conversion
    • 3: The Welsh language and the new native poetry
  • The Appendices
    • Appendix I: Legendary versions of the Roman conquest of Britain
    • Appendix II: The lost legend of Gwyrangcon
    • Appendix III: Aurelius Ursicinus at Hoxne
    • Appendix IV: Procopius and Britain
    • Appendix V: Saint Patrick and the Isle of Man
    • Appendix VI: More about the legend of the fortress and the dragons
    • Appendix VII: Urien and his legends
    • Appendix VIII: Aegidius and Britain?
    • Appendix IX: Modern parallels for the final defeat of Cadwallon
    • Appendix X: Mil Du the knight
    • Appendix XI: Vitalinus, Fitela, Sinfjotli?
    • Appendix XII: More evidence for direct contact between Franks and Celtic Britons, ca..535

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

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