The Renaissance to the Nineteenth Century
Chapter 3. The Twelve Battelles Fought by Arthure.
Nennius the Brittaine1 a writer of good and auncient credit,2 amongst many others maketh most lightsome3 mention of his battels: whose wordes although by the negligence of printers and injurie of time, they be somewhat displaced, yet notwithstandinge because they make much for our present matter, and bring with them a certaine reverent antiquitie, I will here set them downe, and in their order. Arthure fought in deed against those Saxones, with the govemours of the Britaines, but he himselfe was generall. The first battell was at the entraunce of the floude4 called Cleyn, alias Cledy. The second, third, fourth, and 6ft, was upon an other £loud called Dugles, which is in the countrie of Lynieux. The sixt was upon the £loud which is called Bassas. The seaventh was in the wood Caledon, that is, Catcoit Celidon. The eight in the Castle of Cwynyon. The nynth was fought in the cittie of Caerlegion upon Uske. The tenth on the sea shore, which is called Traitheurith, otherwise Rhydrwyd. The eleaventh in the hill which is called Agned Cathregonion. The twelfth in the mount Badonis, wherein many
Henry of Huntington seemeth here to have hitte upon the breefe history of Nennius, the name of whose exemplar6 (as it seemeth) was not set downe. Herehence came that silence. Neyther was that booke common in mens handes at that time, and in this our age is surely most rare: only three exemplars7 do I remember that I have seene, John Rhesus8 a lover of antiquitie, and the same a diligent setter forth thereof, hath a little booke entituled Giide, which booke (so farre as I gather by his speach) had not to author Gildas,9 but Nennius.