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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What and how many rewards of the kingdom of Christ would wait thy soul in the day of judgment, if that crafty wolf, when from a wolf thou hadst become a lamb, had not snatched thee from the Lord’s fold not greatly against thy willto make thee a wolf from a brittain, like unto himself! Why, to crown all thy sins, dost thou, when thine own wife had been removed and her death had been virtuous, by the violation of a shameless daughter, burden thy soul as with a weight impossible to remove?

Gildas, The Ruin of Britain &c. (). pp. The Ruin of Britain.

And a little after, speaking in the person of God, a way which the prophet very frequently assumes: It lies somewhat in the direction of the north pole from the south-west. But to this people there hath come an unbelieving and exasperating heart: I speak of Saint Alban of Verulam, Aaron gidas Iulius, 19 citizens of Caerlleon, and the rest of both sexes in different places, who stood firm with lofty nobleness of mind in Christ’s battle.

Their cow hath not been abortive, and their animal, big with young, hath brought forth and hath not gone astray; but it abideth as an eternal flock, and their children rejoice, taking up both psaltery and harp.

As if assuming in addition the part of reconciler, he says: Why art thou confounded, thou murderer of thine own soul?

Return ye from your ways: This deed he committed, after no meritorious acts worthy of in for, many years previously he was overcome by frequent successive deeds of adultery, having put away his legitimate wife, contrary to the prohibition of Christ and the Teacher of the gentiles, who say: When they fast, I shall not hear their cries; and if they offer burnt-offerings and victims, I will not accept them.

On the Ruin of Britain by Gildas

For this reason, in the case of their sons, they do not greatly detest they rather approvethat it is a fuin of utmost certainty that things should come to pass afterwards as rkin the fathers. The usual date that has been given for the composition of the work is some time in the s, but it is now regarded as quite possibly earlier, in the first quarter of the sixth century, or even before that.

God shall threaten, and who shall not be terrified before His face? Let no one think so, if in a somewhat excessively free-spoken, yea, doleful manner, driven by a crowd igldas evils, I shall not so much treat of, as weep concerning those who serve not only their belly, but the devil rather than Christ, who is God blessed for ever. In this way they did all things that were contrary to salvation, as if there were no remedy to be supplied for the world by the true Healer of all men.


Gildas’s work is important for reasons beyond the historical information he provides. Truly the Victor in Israel will not spare, and by penitence will He not be bent; for He is not man, that He should repent, that is to say, because of the hard hearts of the wicked.

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A nd I will turn your feast days into mourning, and shall cast haircloth upon every loin, and baldness upon every head, and I will render it as a mourning for a beloved one, and those that are with him, as a day of sorrow.

Come together, and gather yourselves together, nation without discipline; before ye be made as a flower that passeth away, before the anger of the Lord come upon you. They present their backs, instead of their brutain, to the pursuers, their necks to the sword, while a chilling terror ran through their bones: We must, therefore, observe that he says, the refusal to obey God is the crime of idolatry.

And fire shall go forth from His wrath, and who is he that shall quench it? Defects of those acknowledged to be blameless in their lives when compared a with Old Testament examples, cc.

To these the mother of the brood, finding that success had attended the first contingent, sends out also a larger raft-full of accomplices and curs, which sails over and joins itself to their bastard comrades. Therefore my people have been led captive, because they have not had knowledge; and their honourable men have perished with famine, and their multitude have parched with thirst.

Gwynnog ap Gildas and Noethon ap Gildas are named in the earliest tracts, together with their sister Dolgar. They that are merry in heart shall sigh, the joy of tabrets shall cease, the noise of them that rejoice shall rest, the delight of the harp with its song shall be silent, they shall not drink wine, bitter shall be their drink to them that drink it, The city of vanity is wasted; closed is every house, because no man entereth therein.

For three transgressions of the sons of Judah, and for four, I will not turn them aside; because they have rejected the law of the Lord, and have not kept His precepts, and their vanities have led them astray. There is none who repenteth of his sin, saying: Gildas’s work is of great importance to historians, because, although it is not intended primarily as history, it is almost the only surviving source written by a near-contemporary of British events in the fifth and sixth centuries.

Baxter published — in Latin Higham, N.

For, by way of forbidding the offering of sacrifices and gifts to him by such men whilst we greedily accept 57 things that from every nation are brifain to God, and to our own destruction prevent the distribution of those same things to the needy and pennilessso does the Lord speak unto men burdened with immense riches, and yet having the mean purposes of sinners. Or, surely, according to the Saviour’s saying, if ye do not; speedily escape from those ravenous Arabian wolves, just as Lot escaped to the mountain, fleeing the fiery shower of Bitain, blind led by the blind, ye shall fall equally into the ditch of hell.


Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle drunkenness; who justify the ivicked for rewards, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him.

At length the creditor prevailed and conquered. Longmans, Green, and Co published Miller, Molly. The land shall be utterly dispersed, and shall be despoiled with pillaging. If the Ethiop can change his skin, or the leopard his spots, ye also can do good, who have learnt to do evil. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


After a few words, when he knew their deeds, he delivered them over to darkness: John Edward Lloyd suggests a connection between this king and the descendants of the great hero Ambrosius Aurelianus mentioned previously by Gildas; if this is true his kingdom may have gilsas located somewhere in territory subsequently taken by the Anglo-Saxons. Forasmuch as I have gileas thee to be prince over Israel, because they have provoked me by their vanities, behold I stir up after Baasha and after his house, and I shall render his house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat.

I keep silence also as to the long years of savage tyrants, who are spoken of in other far distant countries, so that Porphyry, the rabid eastern dog 10 in hostility 19 to the Church, added this remark also in the fashion of his madness and vanity; Britain, he says, is a province fertile in tyrants.

After completing his studies under St. Historical Writing in England: Whilst then, according to the words of Solomon, The stubborn servant is not corrected by words, the foolish nation is scourged and feels it not: He then travelled to Rome and Ravenna where he performed many miracles, including slaying a dragon while in Rome.

Despise not, I pray thee, the unspeakable mercy of God, when, through the prophet, he calls the wicked from their sins, as follows: Foolish gilddas of Zoan, as is said, giving unwise counsel to Pharaoh. Not regarding the prophet’s word when it says: Azarias, also the son of Obed, spoke unto Asa, when he was returning from the slaughter of ten hundred thousand of the Ethiopian army, saying: Woe to him that buildeth.