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Victories against the Saxons?
This is a modern translation of Nenniusís account of Arthurís twelve successful battles against the Saxons;
"Then it was, that the magnanimous Arthur, with all the kings and
military force of
more noble than himself, yet he was twelve times chosen their commander, and was as often conqueror.
The first battle was in the mouth of the river
which is called Glein.
The second and third and fourth and fifth on another river which is called Dubglas and is in the region Linnuis.
The sixth battle on the river which is called Bassas.
battle was in the
battle was near the
mother of God, upon his shoulders, and through the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the holy Mary, put the Saxons to flight, and pursued them
whole day with great slaughter.
The ninth battle was fought in the city of the Legion.
He fought the tenth battle on the shore of the river called Tribruit.
The eleventh battle was fought on the hill called Agned.
The twelfth was a most severe contest, when Arthur penetrated to the hill of Badon. In this engagement, nine hundred and forty fell by his hand alone, no one but the Lord affording him assistance. In all these engagements the Britons were successful."
Here are the possible sites;†††††††
The River Glein is thought to be the River Glen, of which
branch of the
Linnuis conceivably provides better clues, as it is an
extension of the Roman Lindum, which is now
The River Bassas is very problematic for
historians, although it is thought by some to be near Baschurch in
Forest, in what is now
The fort Guinnion is thought to be either Caer-Gwent in Gwent, South Wales or Winchester in Hampshire, the former being an obvious derivation and the latter being based on the Romano-British equivalent of Win-Chester: Caer Guinn.
The City of
the Legions is identified by Geoffrey of Monmouth as Caerleon.
However, modern research tends to focus on
identifed in the Annales Cambriae as Urbs Legionis.
Tribruit can be thought of as Tryfrwyd,
a battle mentioned in a tale from the Black Book of
battle was pegged as being near the Firth of
Agned is identified by Geoffrey of Monmouth as
Badon, site of Arthur's greatest victory over the
Saxons and historians' greatest debate over the true location of that victory. Interpretations abound: Badbury Rings, Banbury, Little Solway
Hill, Little Solsbury Hill are a few suggested. Geoffrey of Monmouth
places the battle near
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