This volume is a translation by Bill Cooper of manuscript MS LXI in the Oxford Library written in medieval Welsh and here published in English for the first time. Originally the work of Walter of Oxford in the mid-1130s, it gives the history of the British people as they left Troy under Brutus in 1104BC until the crown of these Isles was taken over by the invading Saxons around 700AD.
The story is a rich tapestry of kings and battles, triumphs and disasters, about which not one of us has heard. We read of heroism and cowardice, of chivalry and murder, of loyalty and betrayal. It concerns the birth of a people, the settling of an island, the succession of their kings, and the timely correction of their sins under the chastising hand of God.
We hear of Romans and Saxons, of Picts, Scots and Irish, of witchery and plague, of idleness and plenty, invasion and security.
There can be few accounts from any age or nation that can come near to challenging this ancient chronicle either for high drama (as under the rule of King Arthur) or the sheer power of narrative. Within its 124 pages there are 574 explanatory footnotes. It is published in the hope that it will make a difference.