A depiction of Cerdic from the 1611 Saxon Heptarchy
July 8, 2019

The first king of the kingdom of Wessex, and certainly one of the most interesting of its kings, was a man known as Cerdic. A considerable amount of speculation has been made concerning who this man really was, where he came from, and how he may relate to the Arthurian legends. Caleb HowellsCaleb Howells is…

Was King Arthur Welsh
June 24, 2019

In some casual commentaries on King Arthur, we sometimes encounter the statement that he ‘defended the English from the Anglo-Saxons’. Of course, such a statement is deeply flawed, because the Anglo-Saxons were the nation from which the English developed. The very word ‘English’ is rooted in the word ‘Angle’. So in other words, the English…

Y Gododdin text
June 10, 2019

An Early Welsh Poem on the Battle of Cat(t)raeth/Cattraith. Y Guotoðin is the earliest surviving Welsh/Brythonic/Brittonic poem.  The manuscript includes a rubric (a heading on the document) which translates “This is Y Gododdin: Aneirin sang it”. Name and Location The name Gododdin is the Modern Welsh form of the name as it appears in Old…

was king arthur real?
June 3, 2019

Perhaps the single most fundamental and important question a person could ask about Arthur is, Did he exist? This is the foundation on which all other questions about the man are constructed (such as ‘Who was his wife?’, ‘Where did he live?’, ‘Did he have descendants?’). There is no universal consensus on this issue, but…

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