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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On the Ruin of Britain by Gildas

And when he particularly summons the princes, he says: Do Iindeed, desire the death of the unrighteous, saith the O, rather than that he turn from his own evil way and live? If thou wash thee with nitre, and multiply unto thee the plant borith, thou art marked by thine iniquity before me, saith the Lord.

britqin What wouldst thou expect of retribution for this deed alone from the righteous judge, even if such consequences as have followed were not to occur, when He likewise 79 says by the prophet: Declare ye this to the house of Jacob and make it heard in Judah, saying: If I have not in me no apostolic word, 60 that I should say, I could wish to be an anathema from Christ for my brethren, I could, nevertheless, say that word of the prophet with my whole heart: Hear, he says, all ye kings and under-stand, thee ye judges of the ends of the tne.

But although this one example, with its impregnable confirmation, should be fully sufficient to amend the wicked, nevertheless, in order that in the mouth of many witnesses the whole wickedness of Britain may be established, let us pass on to the rest. Wash ye, be ye clean; put away, the evil of your thoughts from before mine eyes; cease from perverse doing; learn to do good; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless.


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His pre-eminence over other kings is confirmed indirectly in other sources. What to him, a man of eminence, grew unbearable, has been so to gritain also, mean as I am, whenever it grew to be the height of grief, whilst he wailed over the same distinguished men living in prosperity so far as to say: Glastonbury Abbeynow destroyed, or Rhuys Church, extant.

What wilt thou, unhappy people, expect from such belly beasts, as the apostle says? O that they were wise, that they understood and foresaw their last end!

Thou shalt, speak all these words unto them, and they shall not hear thee; and thou shalt call them, and they rui not answer thee; and thou shalt say unto them: The first to meet us is Samuel, who by the command of God founded a legitimate kingdom, a man dedicated to God before his birth, a true prophet to all the people of Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba, known by indubitably wonderful signs. Likewise, Wulfstan of York draws on Gildas to make a similar point in his sermons, particularly in the Sermo Lupi ad Anglos.

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A nd I shall weep day and night for the slain of my people. What then shall unhappy leaders do now? Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

What did the afore-named Elijah, the chariot of Israel and horseman thereof, utter unto the son of Jehoshaphat, even Jehoram the murderer, who butchered his noble brothers, that he, a bastard, might reign in their stead. But unless, as the Psalmist says, thou be very speedily converted to the Lord, that King will soon brandish his sword against thee; who says by the prophet: Hueil would often swoop down from Scotland to fight battles and carry off spoils, and during one of these raids, Hueil was pursued and killed by King Arthur.


A legion 22 is forthwith prepared, with no remembrance of past evil, and fully equipped.

Had he not, moved by apostolic love, chosen to die for his countrymen, so that the plague should not touch them, as he said: Hear ye the word of the Lord, ye house of Jacob, and all kindred of the house of Israel: On the sea coast also, towards the south, where their ships were wont to anchor, because from that quarter also wild barbarian hordes were feared, they place towers at stated intervals, affording a prospect of the sea.

But it was not this vice alone that grew, but also all to which human nature is generally liable: Giles, John Allened. He 85 earnestly exhorts the sinner to repentance in this passage: These must I first, according to the law, as the witnesses did, with rough stones of words, and then the people, if they cling to the decrees, stone with all our might, not that they may be killed in the body, but, by being dead unto sins, they may live unto God.

And after some further words, treating of the day of judgment and the unspeakable fear of sinners, he says: Views Read Edit View history.

For the souls of sinners are as immortal for never-ending fire as those of the saints are for joy.


And the Lord said: The text as it is used today is thus a scholarly reconstruction; the prime witness and possibly the entire manuscript stemma may not actually preserve the original page ghe of the autograph. Gildas was written by an unnamed monk at the monastery which Gildas founded in RhuysBrittany in the 9th century.

Gildas was a subject of the mythical King Arthur, whom he loved and desired to obey.