This is the Eighth-part of our discussion of Britain in the so-called Age of Arthur: the 5th though the mid-6th Century A.D. It is a fascinating period, with the Classical civilization of Greece and Rome giving way to the Germanic “Dark Ages”. It was the sunset of Celtic-Roman culture in Britain; it was the Age of Arthur!
But who was Arthur?
Before we answer that question, it is necessary we understand the world in which he lived.
(Read Part Seven here)
BRITAIN STANDS ALONE
The last quarter of the 5th century was a grim time for those who looked to Rome, and the model of classical civilization it represented.
In 476, Romulus Augustulus, the teenage Western Roman Emperor, was forced to abdicate his throne by Odoacer; leader of barbarian feoderati in Italy. The Western Emperor had long been a figurehead, with true power residing with the
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