Hmm. This comment suggests that you think that no-one else here knows anything about Gildas, so you will have to spoon feed us the relevant information. I'm pleased to say that this won't be necessary.Looks like I am going to have to give the outline of the life of Gildas again... Sigh...
'Probably'? Hardly. There is absolutely no evidence as to who his mother was. You are, I suspect, trawling details from much later hagiographies. Even by early medieval standards, hagiographies are unreliable. They usually serve to aggrandise a particular agenda or (as is more often the case) the claims of a particular ecclesiastical house. Think of the stupidest lies that a politician says and amplify that tenfold. I joke to make the point, but that's about how useful the average hagiography is when writing hstory.Mother.
Probably Pictich concubine? Or Irish concubine. No data available on his mother - so I must guess.
There is no evidence for this and it is, in any event, inherently unlikely. Gildas had received a classic Roman education and was quite clear as to the differences between the Britons and the barbarians from beyond the old limes. He belonged to the former group. To learn more about who Gildas was and the context in which he wrote, might I suggest that you chuck out the pseudo-histories and read the 1984 volume of essays edited by Michael Lapidge and David Dumville entitled "Gildas: New Approaches"?Father.
Caw. Caw was a minor warlord that controlled an area between modern day Scotland and England along the Irish coast. It is likely he came in conflict with all of them. During one of these conflicts Caw was deposed / exiled / replaced. In his deposing (sometimes by Arthur - depending on account) Caw went off into becoming a monk and a saint.
Unlikely in the extreme. The manipulation of genealogies is well attested in early medieval Britain. The steady increase of siblings and children is a long-recognised tactic which allowed a genealogist to graft a lineage onto what already existed for the desired ancestor. Cunedda got the same treatment. You might check out the work of David Thornton, who has made the study of medieval genealogy his life's work. Basically, genealogies are every bit as suspect as hagiographies.Siblings.
Numerous - 22 by my last count. I suspect that a good deal of them were not actually blood-related but adoptive or invented to fill out a list of people (for example Mabsaint ap Caw - taken from the archaic Celtic / Welsh "Mab" meaning "son", "saint" from the obvious - saint, so literally "son of a saint.")
OK.Gildas was born at the time of the FIRST battle of Badon.
No - you have misread the Annales, as Calebxy has pointed out.(There are TWO battles of Badon, but history has combined them into one - Arthur might have been at the first one as well as a minor cavalryman or Arthur's father might have been the one victorious at this battle. The date of 538 is the SECOND battle of Badon - where Arthur was the general)
There is no half-decent evidence for any of this.After Caw was deposed (let us say for convenience for denying Arthur's rule and victory at the SECOND battle of Badon) and replaced with one of Arthur's sycophants - Gildas was placed into a monastery, Cywyllog in a nunnery, and Huiel turned to banditry. Huiel was defeated by Arthur, but since it was Easter at the time, pardon was given - "do not speak of this again."
If she did, there is absolutely no evidence for it. In historical terms, Mordred exists as a name only. Anything else is guesswork or synthesis from wholly unreliable and much later sources, such as Gildas' Life or middle Welsh genealogies.Sometime later Cywyllog eloped / married / abducted / raped (depending on your point of view) with Mordred. *
Not at all likely. Check out what Caitlin Green has to see about the boar hunting motif in the Arthurian canon in her heavyweight Concepts of Arthur.Arthur's cousin decides to get married. Boar hunting turns into a terrible disaster - one or two of the random ones from the list of siblings dies in the process of hunting the boar.
All literary confection - not one piece of this theory has any grounding in historical fact.As abbot, Gildas was tapped for another problem brought to his doorstep by Arthur - Arthur's second wife was abducted / eloped / kidnapped by a certain person (whether this is the origins of the Lancelot x Guinevere thing, I will leave that up to you) who decided to use the rite of sanctuary at Gildas's church.
Negotiations came down to - "fine, I will pardon them - but I want a divorce."
Gildas bulked at first. (Gildas might have felt bitter of being passed over for one of Arthur's cronies and bitter of how his father was turned into nothing more than a monk and advisory).
"Grant me a divorce, or I will kill them and cut your balls off."
Divorce was given.
Ditto. This is like arguing that you can genuinely get a train from Kings Cross to Hogwarts from Platform 9 and three quarters.Arthur dies, Mordred dies, and Mordred's children are killed in a church. Gildas is now in exile in Brittany. He writes his sermon. Sometime between the death of Huiel and the sermon, Gildas burns every copy and record he could find of King Arthur's life - even his own records.
The 'certain monastery' being Glastonbury, yes? No-one aside from those on the fringes of the crystal fondling-fraternity doubts that this was just a medieval money-making wheeze. Not unlike me sticking a sign in my garden saying 'Robin Hood once lived in this ash tree' and charging tourists a quid to take photos of it., and even the monks of a certain monastery saying they found his body might have been trying to kill off Arthur or a potential "I am Arthur returned rebel".
It's also nearly 150 years before anyone sat down to compile the Annales. We have no detail as to what the battle was about and I think I am right in saying that it isn't mentioned anywhere else. We don't even know if the Morgan who is said to have died in 665 died at Badon or whether he just happened to die in the same year.Absolutely, 665 CE. The second battle at Badon, according to the mentioned Annals is a bit too far from the first one ...
As usual, I've taken a look at the versions available of ...It's also nearly 150 years before anyone sat down to compile the Annales. We have no detail as to what the battle was about and I think I am right in saying that it isn't mentioned anywhere else. We don't even know if the Morgan who is said to have died in 665 died at Badon or whether he just happened to die in the same year.
A second Badon was clearly known about in St David's circa 800, but precisely what was known about it and how accurate that information was is totally lost to us.
You make a good point. If the decision to follow the Roman methodology for dating Easter was made in 664, then 665 would be the date of the first recognition of the Roman Easter, notwithstanding that it is clear from Bede that the decision at Whitby still hadn't been accepted by everyone in his day.Among other things, I'm wondering if that reference could make us think to the Synod of Whitby, in 664 ... in this case the Annales could have added a year. But I have to ponder this.
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