The Great Pendragon
On the origins of Britain
The four kingdoms of Britannia
Aeneas was a warrior who fled the fall of Troy, and settled in Italy. He had a son called Ascanius (also known as Julus, and of whos line the mighty Julius Caeser is a descendant). In time Ascanius had a son called Brutus. Brutus was blessed to greatness and cursed to kill his own father! In order to avoid this fate Brutus was banished at a young age. during his banishment Brutus is given a vision of an island to the north and west by the Goddess Dianna, in which she speaks to him
An island which the western sea surrounds,
By giants once possessed, now few remain
To bar thy entrance, or obstruct thy reign.
To reach that happy shore thy sails employ
There fate decrees to raise a second Troy
And found an empire in thy royal line,
Which time shall ne’er destroy, nor bounds confine"
(The History of The Kings of Britain by Geoffrey of Monmouth)
Travelling through Gaul he meets up with a remnant group of Trojans under the leadership of the mighty Corineus. Realising they are too few to conquer the lands of Gaul, the Trojan forces set sail for the distant land that was seen in the vision in Dianna’s temple.
“The island was then called Albion, and inhabited by none but a few giants. Notwithstanding this, the pleasant situation of the places, the plenty of rivers abounding with fish, and the engaging prospect of its woods, made Brutus and his company very desirous to fix their habitation in it.”
(The History of The Kings of Britain by Geoffrey of Monmouth)
After fighting off the remaining giants (descended from the giant Albion who was a son of the Gods, and brother to Hercules), Brutus renames the land Britain after himself, founds the city of New Troy (Troia Nova, later to be called London) and whos people become the most powerful tribe in Britain, the “Trinovantes”.
The various lands of Britannia are divided up between his three sons, Locrinus (Logres aka England), Albanactus (Albany aka Scotland) and Kamber (Cymry aka Wales) and also to Corineus he gives the kingdom that is named after him (Cornawall), that is closest to the lands conquered by him in Gaul.
The Recent History of Britannia
306 AD, under the rule of Rome, the Supreme Collegium meets for the first time and names Constantin to be the High King of Britain, and the Augustus; ruler of the western empire. Over the next 20 years he becomes the undisputed leader of both the east and western empire, and becomes Romes first Christian Emperor, and the founder of ‘New Rome’ in Byzantium. His descendants ruled well and wisly for several generations
410 AD and in the face of fierce Pictish and Irish raiders, the Roman Emperor, Honorius, tells his subjects in Briton to “look to their own defenses.” The Roman armies leave Briton. A period of desperate struggle against the rising tide of invaders continues, culminating in the murder of King Constantin by one of his own guards.
441 AD and Duke Vortigern of the Gewessi, urges the High Council chooses Constans, the young son of Constantin, as king. Only two years later Constans is murdered by his Pictish bodyguards and Vortigern assumes the throne, as the younger brothers of King Constans can not be found.
In this same year a prelate from the pope, the saintly Germanus, comes to Britain to condemn and combat the Pelagian heresy in the British Christian church, put down the Saxon and Pict forces that are invading as the commander of a massive christian army and re-invigorates the cult of St Alban.
444 AD The Picts stage a massive invasion, with their armies occupying much of the north and bands of raiders penetrating all the way into Logres. Rather than risk a great loss, King Vortigern orders his armies to dig in and garrison their homes and holdings. Two years later, at the Battle of Lincoln, King Vortigern, together with the Saxon kings Hengest and Horsa, win a great victory against the Picts. Sparing his own forces Vortigern, uses the Saxons to drive the Picts out of the north. Over the next few years Hengest’s daughter Rowena becomes a favorite at Vortigern’s court.
450 AD Vortigern weds Rowena, who receives the Cantiacii civitas as her bride price and renames it Kent.
451 AD Attila the Hun comes to the walls of Rome then turns against Gaul, scouring the land. Vortigern sends a small contingent to assist the Gaulish troops and the allied army defeat the Huns at Chalons.
Cerdic is born to Vortigern and Rowena.
452 AD Northern Irish under Ferghus begin colonizing Dal Riada. Vortigern sends raids into Irish lands.
455 AD Rome is sacked by the Vandals. The Western Empire is finished.
456 AD Vortigern expels the Irish from Logres, and the Saxons found the lands of Nohaut and Deira Under Octa and Eossa, and shiploads of Continental Saxons flock to the new theods.
457 AD and eastern Britons rebels against the King!. The Battle of Kent sees the rebels crushed and Vortigern gives the great lands of the Kantii tribe to his loyal Saxons. Many Britons pack up and depart the land, moving to Brittany to escape the rule of Vortigern.
Over the coming years Vortigern proves himself unwise, favoring his Saxon mercenaries (and in-laws) over his lawful subjects. Many nobles talk of rebellion, and The Count of Salisbury is among the rebels to fight in the Battle of Cambridge against the king.
463 AD To bring peace to all sides, Vortigern and Hengest call a council at Stonehenge for a feast of peace. Seeking reconciliation, almost all British knights attend. The Saxons prove their worth and the majority of the nobles of Britain are slain in the “Night of Long Knives”: Whilst they are defenseless at the feast. The Earl of Salisbury is among the dead.
The Pendragon Era
The First Pendragon
466 AD Aurelius Ambrosius, son of Constantin and brother to Constans, lands in Hampshire with an army from Brittany. The Britons flock to his “Pendragon” banner. Vortigern flees, taking refuge in northwestern Cambria. It was there that the young sage Merlin prophesies the fate of Britain. After besieging a portion of Vortigern’s army at the Siege of Carlion, Aurelius Ambrosius marches through the entire island, accepting the submission of those loyal to Vortigern.
468 AD Aurelius Ambrosius finay slay Vortigern and scatter his armies at the battle of Castle Snowdon. Aurelius Ambrosius is declared Pendragon by the High Council.
469-472 AD Many Saxons come over from the Continent and settle in Kent under their king, Hengest. High King Aurelius Ambrosius maintains an unsteady peace with the Saxons, Irish, and Picts, despite their raiding. His younger brother, Uther Pendragon, makes a name for himself as a great warrior in countering these raids and leading picked warriors on raids into enemy territory.
473 AD Battle of Windsor: The Saxons, confident of victory, march into the Thames Valley. King Aurelius Ambrosius raises an army to resist, but loses the battle in a major Saxon victory.
477 AD The Saxon king, Ælle, lands in southern Britain with a large army and takes over the area. Many of the peasants flee, but others are captured and enslaved. Ælle renames the land South Saxony, or Sussex. Aurelius Ambrosius marches with his army to oppose the foe, but fis lucky t escape with his life.
478 AD Aurelius Ambrosius sets sail, sweeping around the southern coast, destroying the fleets of the Saxons in Britain before saling onto the continent, destroying all the hostile shipping as he goes. At the Battle of Frisia the British defeat the barbarians in their homeland. The Saxons in Britain unleash vicious raids in retaliation.
480 AD An army of Saxons sails up the Port River into Salisbury County. While planning for the battle, Aurelius Ambrosius is poisoned by a false doctor. Despite his illness, Ambrosius marches with Uther against the enemy, whom they meet at Menevia. Ambrosius confronts the foe while Uther takes his army around to the Saxons’ rear and cuts them off from their ships, attacking them with great vigor. It is a great victory for the British, but Ambrosius is killed in the fighting. He is interred with great ceremony and sorrow in the Giants’ Dance Stonehenge. Afterward, the High Council meets and unanimously elects Uther to be the new Pendragon.
484 AD Battle of Eburacum: Another wave of Saxons arrives by boat and settles in the land of Deira . Aided by the Saxons in Britain and some rebellious northern Britons, they attack in the land of Malahaut. Their army defeats the northern defenders, then lays siege to the city of Eburacum (York). King Uther raises his army and hastens northward to join battle. However, King Uther, anxious to relieve the sorry inhabitants of Eburacum, is drawn into a trap and fights a desperate battle, from which he barely escapes with great loss.
The Battle of Mt. Damen: With the battered remnants of his army, Uther sneaks north under cover of darkness, and, with some additional sorcerous help from Merlin the Magician, falls upon the celebrating Saxons who are drunk on both victory and ale. The Saxons are slaughtered and Uther claims a great victory.
Merlin takes his leave to recover from his exertions on behalf of the king.
The story continues as told from the viewpoint of the Knights of Salisbury