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 then travelled to Rome and Ravenna where he performed many miracles, including slaying a dragon while in Rome.

Because power was given, you of God, and your strength from the Most High, who shall inquire into your works, and search out your counsels.


The ox knoweth its owner, and the ass its master’s crib: When he returned, he brought back an extensive library with him, and was sought after as a master teacher.

What joy thy salvation, if secured, had furnished to the gracious Father and God of all saints, had not the wretched father of all the lost, like an eagle of mighty wings and clawsthe devil, I meanagainst every right, gildaas thee away to the unhappy troop of his children! Thus saith urin Lord God of thy father David: He shall send lightning, and who shall not fear?

Thou shalt not respect thy neighbour to his own ruin, nor hold back word in the time of salvation. Who seeing do not see, and hearing do not hear, whose heart is covered with a thick cloud of vices. Dating Gildas’s words more exactly would hence provide a little more certainty about the timeline of the transition from post-Roman Britain to Anglo-Saxon England; a certainty that would be the more valuable as precise dates and reliable facts are extremely scarce for this period.

This article needs additional citations for verification. Be not slow to be converted unto the Lord, nor defer it brltain day to day, for His anger shall come suddenly; because, as the Scripture says: I saw that in our time even, as he wept: Hear ye the word of the Lord, ye house of If, and all kindred of the house of Israel: He is thought to have made a pilgrimage to Rome before emigrating to Brittany, where he took on the life of a hermit.


On the sea coast gikdas, 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. Gildas was written by an unnamed monk at the monastery which Gildas founded in RhuysBrittany in the 9th century.

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The men whom, when absent, they feared more than death, were invited by them of their own accord, so to say, under the cover of one roof: For if thou hear these things with deaf ears, thou contemnest the prophets, thou despisest Christ, and me, though ruuin man of the lowest estate I grant, thou regardest as of no weight, gi,das at any rate I keep that word of the prophet with sincere godliness of mind: While hitherto their gaze was at gilas tops of mountains, they now direct their half-sleepy eyes straight to heaven, or to the light fleecy clouds, and obtrude themselves upon their country as creatures of a new mould; nay, rather as instruments of the devil, just as aforetime Novatus 69 at Rome, the tormentor of the Lord’s jewel, the black hog, their purpose is to stretch forth their hands violently upon the holy sacrifices of Christ, hands worthy not so much of the venerable altars as of the avenging flames of hell, because they are men placed in a position of this kind.

All things that are of the earth shall go to the earth, so shall the wicked from curse unto perdition. As I britajn sheep of one fold unlike one another, I called Peter, with good reason, most blessed on account of his sound confession of Christ, but Judas most unhappy because of his fuin of covetousness; Stephen I called glorious, because of the martyr’s palm; Nicolas, on the contrary, miserable, owing to the mark of unclean heresy.

Ye lawless gilda, he says, have forsaken God and provoked the Holy One of Israel to anger. Depart ye apostate children, and defile not my holiness.

On the Ruin of Britain by Gildas

These feelings wrestled, as I said, for 9 no short time, when I read: Instantly shall I speak to tge nation and to the kingdom, so that I may pluck up, and scatter, and destroy, and ruin.

He first concealed him in his house, and afterwards exchanging garments with him, willingly exposed himself to the danger of being pursued in the 29 clothes of the brother mentioned.


God knoweth those that sin against Him, therefore He will deliver them unto death and unto destruction. What saint is there whose bowels, moved by such a tale, do not at once break forth into weeping gileas sobbing?

Therefore, thus saith the Lord, ask ye the nations, who hath rui such horrible things as the virgin Israel hath done beyond measure? The harp, the lyre, the tabret, the pipe and wine are in your feasts; and the work of the Lord ye regard not, and the work of His hands ye consider not. Are these things not from the Lord Almighty? He of His own free gift, in the above mentioned time of persecution, as we conclude, oc lest Britain should be completely enveloped in the thick darkness of black night, 27 kindled for us bright lamps of holy martyrs.

For if they had loved righteousness, they would also certainly love the fountain, as it were, and source of all righteousness, even God.

This man, through cunning art rather than by valour, first attaches to his guilty rule certain neighbouring countries or provinces against the Roman power, by nets of perjury and falsehood.

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Because they have forsaken My law, which I gave unto them, and have not hearkened unto My voice nor walked therein, and have gone after the wickedness of their heart; on that account, thus saith the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, behold I shall feed this people with wormwood and give them water of gall to drink.

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: This page was last edited on 4 Decemberat And by the fire of his jealousy shall the whole land be consumed, when the Lord shall bring an end and a loneliness over all that dwell in the land.

This continued up to the year of the siege of Badon Hill, 41 and 63 of almost brihain last great slaughter inflicted upon the rascally crew.