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Men Went to Cattraeth The Dark Ages Are Agian Brought To Life, In All Their Splendour Of Epic Deeds And Heroic Characters It Is A Century Or Since The Legions Left Britain, And The Land Is Menaced By Savages The Saxon Marauders From Over The Shallow Sea, Who Ahve Burned The Great Forests And Destroyed The Last Flicker Of Roman Civilisation South Of The Wall So Mynydig, King Of Eiddin, Has Rasied A War Band Of Three Hundred Warriors, Who Will Ride South Through The Devastated Lands To The Blood And Glory Of Cattraeth.


About the Author: John James

Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. David John James was a Welsh author of Historical Novels.He attended St David s University College, and also read psychology at Cambridge In addition to writing he has also worked as a teacher and later for the Scientific Civil Service working on aviation problems.He is known for writing four historical novels



10 thoughts on “Men Went to Cattraeth

  1. says:

    This story is told in the first person, by Aneirin, the bard of ancient Britain who is said to be the author of Y Gododdin Some scholars claim this is the oldest poem of Britain, written in the fifth or sixth century in the language that evolved into Welsh, Cornish and Breton There is considerable robust debate among academics about just who the men of the ancient Brittonic kingdom of Gododdin were fighting at Cattraeth In this book, they are fighting the savage Saxon invaders, and the book does contain depictions of violence and unabashed hatred of the Brittonic tribe for the Saxons, to the point where entire villages are slain Even so, Aneirin is a sympathetic narrator and I was intrigued by how the author tied Y Gododdin to the myth of king Arthur At the end I was left with a melancholic feeling, but a greater understanding of the Early Historic period s warrior culture and their rather heathen brand of Christianity, which the author envisioned as worship of the Holy Virgin than of Jesus or God I thought it was a nice touch that the Gododdin thought of themselves as Roman than the Romans It s quite plausible that this was the case in the decades after the legionaries pulled out of Britain And this is one of the few books that shows the Picts as the Britons they were, rather than barbarians speaking a non Indo European langu...


  2. says:

    A dark vision of the dark ages, brilliantly imaginedThis is an historical novel NOT fantasy , which intersects with the story of Arthur NOT King of the Britons, but which tells a different tale It it the tale of the battle of Cattraeth probably Catterick in Yorkshire , generally dated to the late 6th century However, like so much else in this period, this dating is debatable, and James chooses to set it much earlier around 491 seems to be indicated on p.8 , when Arthur is still a toddler Apart from this, the story follows a conventional interpretation of the poem of Aneirin, which is the only account of the battle SPOILERS FOLLOW 300 or so British horsemen, feasted for a year by Mynydog of Eiddin Edinburgh , rode to war against the Anglo Saxons of Northumbria, and ultimately to their death at Catterick.The novel is the first person recollection of Aneirin, one of the few Britons who survived the battle, and is very dark in tone War and the clash of cultures are its themes, but Aneirin reveals snippets of the bigger story, from the coming of the Saxons in the time of Vortigern to the triumph of Arthur.Ja...


  3. says:

    This a fascinating, if highly fanciful, interpretation of the enigmatic Dark Age poem, The Gododdin by Aneirin,a celebrated British bard The fragments of the poem which have survived are written in an archaic Welsh which was the common language of Wales, North England and the Scottish lowlands in this period late 6th century Aneirin was probably a bard at the royal court in Dun Eidinn, present day Edinburgh.The theme of the poem novel is how 300 picked warriors of the Gododdin, the Men of the North, rode to Cattraeth to do battle with the Anglo Saxon English and were destoyed almost to a man Their defeat was traditionally attributed to over indulgence in strong drink beforehand Given that these are proto Scots we re talking about, this is a not unreasonable supposition but we must not ignore the fact they were also seriously outnumbered Nothing is now known of when and where the battle took place but Cattraeth is usually associated with Catterick in North Yorkshre, now, ironically, a large Army camp The author takes these few tantalising scraps and ...


  4. says:

    I m a sucker for this kind of book The author has built a novel from the epic of the Gododdin The setting in dark age Britain is well done and Aneirin s voice and perspective feel right I read the Kindle ve...


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