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From Geoffrey of Monmouth’s
History of the Kings of
CHAP. I.--Arthur succeeds Uther his father in the
Uther Pendragon being dead, the nobility from several provinces assembled together at Silchester, and proposed to Dubricius, archbishop of Legions, that he should consecrate Arthur, Uther's son, to be their king. For they were now in great straits, because, upon hearing of the king's death, the Saxons had invited over their countrymen from Germany, and, under the command of Colgrin, were attempting to exterminate the whole British race.
They had also entirely subdued all that part
of the island which extends from the
Arthur was then fifteen years old, but a youth of such unparalleled courage and generosity, joined with that sweetness of temper and innate goodness, as gained him universal love. When his coronation was over, he, according to the usual custom,
showed his bounty and munificence to the people.
And such a number of soldiers flocked to him upon it, that his treasury as not able to answer that vast
expense. But such a spirit of generosity, joined with valour, can never long want means to support itself. Arthur, therefore, the better to keep up his
resolved to make use of his courage, and to fall upon the Saxons, that he might
enrich his followers with their wealth. To this he was also moved by the
justice of the cause, since the entire monarchy of
Hereupon assembling the youth under his
command, he marched to
great army, composed of Saxons, Scots, and Picts, by the river Duglas; where a battle happened, with the loss of the greater part of both armies.
Notwithstanding, the victory fell to Arthur,
who pursued Colgrin to
Cheldric with succours from
And being now no more than ten miles distant from the city, his purpose was to make a speedy march in the night-time, and fall upon the enemy by way of surprise. But Arthur, having intelligence of
his design, sent a detachment of
six hundred horse, and three thousand foot, under the command of Cador, duke of
as if he had been a harper.
He thus passed unsuspected, and by a little and
little went up to the walls of the city, where he was at last discovered by the besieged, who thereupon drew him up with cords, and conducted him to his
brother. At this unexpected, though much desired meeting, they spent some time in joyfully embracing each other, and then began to consider various stratagems for their delivery. At last, just as they were considering their case desperate,
the ambassadors returned from
Upon this news, Arthur was dissuaded by his council from continuing the siege any longer, for fear of hazarding a battle with so powerful and numerous an army.
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