FB: Dinas Emrys

The fortress that couldn't be built. The story of Merlin and Vortigern was first recorded in the Historia Brittonum (c. 825) given here from the Medieval Sourcebook: 40. But soon after calling together his twelve wise men, to consult what was to be done, they said to him, "Retire to the remote boundaries of your... Continue Reading →

Berht of Dunbar?

I was reading Tim Clarkson's The Picts: A History (2008) last week and I came across the following: The sources credit him [Cinead mac Alpin] with six campaigns in Northumbria, during which he seized the coastal fortress of Dunbar and burned the monastery of Old Melrose on the River Tweed. Dunbar was an important stronghold... Continue Reading →

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