Gildas (Breton: Gweltaz; c. – c. ) — also known as Gildas the Wise or Gildas Sapiens — was a 6th-century British monk best known for his scathing. Gildas’. ‘On the Ruin of Britain’. Translated by J. A. Giles and T. Habington. For convenience, this text has been composed into this PDF document by. Camelot. The Preface, History and Epistle of Gildas’ principal work, De Excidio Britanniae, a sermon in three parts condemning the acts of his contemporaries, both.

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He thus begins his prophecy vritain a complaint: And thyself didst thou profitably snatch like a dove, from the raven, strongly cleaving the thin air in rustling flight, escaping the cruel claws of the speedy hawk with sinuous windings, to the caves of the saints, sure retreats for thee, and places of refreshment.

Before, however, fulfilling my promise, let me attempt to say a little, God willing, concerning the geographical situation, the stubbornness, the subjection and rebellion of our country; also of its second subjection and hard service; of religion, persecution, and holy martyrs, of diverse heresies; of tyrants, of the two nations which wasted it; of defence and of consequent devastation; of the second revenge and third devastation, of famine; of the letter to Agitius; of victory, of crimes; of enemies suddenly 11 announced; of the great well-known plague; of counsel; of enemies far more fierce than the first; of the ruin of cities, of the men who survived; of the final victory won by the mother country, which is the gift granted by the will of God in our own times.

Will ye then not fear me, saith the Lord, and will ye not grieve at my presence?

How then art thou turned into evil things as a strange vine? Thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved: I have, however, thought it necessary to insert in this little work a few things from The Wisdom of Solomon, so as to declare exhortation or intimation to kings no less than threats, lest it should be said of me, that I wish to place burdens of words, heavy and grievous to be borne, upon the shoulders of men, but am unwilling to move them with my finger, that is, goldas a word of consolation.


And it shall come to pass, he who fleeth from the voice of fear te fall into the pit; and he that is freed from the pit shall be taken in the snare, because the floodgates from above will be opened, and the foundations of the earth will thr shaken.

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Deliberation how to oppose the Picts and Scots. Verily I have hearkened to the voice of the Lord, and walked in the way by which He sent me; the prophet punished him with such a censure; as the following: Truth hath become in oblivion; and he who hath departed from evil, hath become open to prey. What happened to David when he numbered the people, the prophet Gad saying unto him: De Excidio et Conquestu Britanniae. And after some further words, treating of the day of judgment and the unspeakable fear of sinners, he says: These passages and many others I regarded as, in a way, a mirror of our life, in the Scriptures of the Old Testament, and then I turned to the Scriptures of the New; there I read things that previously had perhaps been dark to me, in clearer light, because the shadow passed away, and the truth shone more steadily.

Again, in the gospel, the Lord says: Give a patient hearing for awhile to an undoubted record of those charges which, passing by domestic and lighter offencesif, indeed, any are lightshall testify only the things which have been proclaimed far and wide, in broad daylight, as admitted crimes.

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Doth the Lord, he says, desire burnt offerings or victims, and not rather to obey the voice of the Lord? He is thought to have died at Rhuys, and was buried there. For he was addressing the king.

Hear, he says, all ye kings and under-stand, learn ye judges of the ends of the earth. In the later Old English period, Gildas’s writing provides a major model for Alcuin ‘s treatment of the Viking invasions, in particular his letters relating to the sack of Lindisfarne in But listen also what the holy prophet Micah has said: I read, that is to say, of the Lord saying: By these oracles, as if by a noble roof, the undertaking of my little work is safely covered, so that it may not stand open to the rain-storms of envious men, which shall rush upon it, vieing with one another.


The ox knoweth its owner, and the ass its master’s crib: The Saxons invited to aid in their repulsion. Give ear, ye that hold dominion over multitudes, and pride yourselves in crowds of nations.

Reference to the rise of Christianity under Tiberius, and its progress in Britain inserted cc.

On the Ruin of Britain by Gildas

Thus, he gives historical details where it serves his purpose; for instance he offers one of the first descriptions of Hadrian’s Wall and perhaps the Antonine Wallthough his account of their history is highly inaccurate. The Lord sweareth against the pride of Jacob. Bywhen St Augustine arrived in Kent, England was populated by Anglo-Saxon pagansand the new rulers did not think of themselves as Roman citizens. Others were never so compelled: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He should not hear.

The legion returned home in great triumph and joy when their old enemies, like rapacious wolves, fierce with excessive hunger, jump with greedy maw into the fold, because there was no shepherd in sight.

At the time thf Gildas was writing there was a Christian church in Britain. Fhe was the son of Nau, king of Scotia. What have I done? Motives as to intending attack upon the clergy. Cadoc, before retiring to a secret island for seven years. For if Jehoshaphat, while aiding an unjust king, is thus reproved by the prophet Jehu, son of Annanias, saying: Cuneglasse is the Cynglas modern Welsh: In all this the anger of the Lord is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still.