Heretic Emperor: The
Lost History of King Arthur
Copyright © V M Pickin 2005
Book 4 - The War
Chapter 16 - The Fall of Arthur’s Britain
Outlines the known history of sixth century Britain, demonstrating that historians who regard this as a dark and obscure era are ignoring the evidence. Opens with a time fix for Badon and for the composition of Gildas’ sermon. Shows that Gildas anticipates the minority Roman faction in Britain will receive reinforcements for its attack on the Pelagians. Demonstrates from the contemporary writings of Procopius that the estern Emperor Justinian was plotting the Roman recovery of Britain at just the time Gildas wrote, using Frankish or Gothic forces as his agents. Shows that Geoffrey’s story of the end of Independant Britain, in which the Franks under Isembard and the Africans under Gormund, invade Britain and turn the country over to the Saxons, is a clear reference to this Byzantine plan. Argues the very existence of Brittany proves Arthur fought on the Continent against the Frank King Clovis, Rome’s champion. Shows Geoffrey directs us to identify the legendary Mordred with the historical British king Maelgwn, chief of the British tyrants in Gildas sermon, who had gained that position by killing his own uncle. Shows that Maelgwn, who is portrayed as a villain in early Welsh Grail legends, was a member of the Roman faction at the time of his uncle’s demise, and later returned to the Roman fold in response to Gildas’ threats. Argues that the plague of 540, and Maelgwn’s submission, probably prevented Justinian’s plan from being acted upon, but that by then the activites of fifth-columnists like Gildas had already undermined Independant Britain past recovery. Concludes that it was not Rome’s absence, but Rome’s disruptive presence in sixth century Britain which destroyed Arthur’s empire and ultimately turned Britain over to the Saxons.