The Welsh Chronicles Continued: Brutus

See also, the Welsh Chronicles,

Aftermath of the Fall of Troy: From Troy to the Early Settlement of Wales, a Survey of the First 10 Pages of the Manuscript

{The following is based on upon a new translation of the Jesus College Manuscript MS LXI, Jesus College, Oxford,  done by Wm, R. Cooper, in 2002, as far as I know this is the first translation of this chronicle since Geoffrey of Monmouth did his over 5 centuries ago, based on a 12th century copy.}

“Once the city of Troy had fallen, Aeneas fled, and his son Ascanius also, and they arrived in ships in that part of Italy now called Rome. ” 

After landing in Italy Ascanius had a son named Silvius, who when grown seduced his own niece. According to the chronicle, when he heard of her pregnancy, Ascanius sent for his wise men and asked them to find out who the father was. They returned and spoke a prophecy concerning the infant while he was yet in the womb.  The gist of which was that he would cause the deaths of both his father and mother, but after a time of exile and wandering, he would achieve great honor.

His mother hence died in delivering Brutus, and some years later while hunting with his natural father, he drew back his bow to shoot a stag and arrowed his father, killing him. His people, not wishing to be ruled by a prince who had caused the death of his own parents, forced Brutus to flee, and he returned to parts of Greece. In Greece he fell in with other exiled and enslaved Trojans and rose to leadership, eventually commanding them in a successful revolt against King Pandrasus. (possibly Pan Dorian, king of the Dorians)

In return for abandoning the land and giving Pandrasus his life, he garnered ships and supplies as well as the kings unwilling daughter, Enogen, and headed west in the Mediterranean Sea.

One of their first landings was on the island of Leucadia, which had been ravaged by pirates and abandoned. There remained on it a temple to Diana, which was rumored to speak to anyone who asked a question of it and give answer. After stocking up on wild game for the ships, Brutus approached the statue of Diana to make the appropriate sacrifice. After going through all the ritual prescribed (detailed in the Chronicle) Brutus slept the night in front of the Statue.

Before going to sleep he questioned the statue as to what land he should seek and lead his people to. That night Diana approached him in a vision and answered him,

“Brutus, beneath the setting of the sun, beyond the land of Gaul, there lies an island in the sea on which giants once lived. It is empty now. Go there for it is set apart for you and your descendants. And it shall be for you like a second Troy, and Kings shall be born into your line unto whom the whole world will pay homage.”

After this they headed west to the coast of Africa where they were attacked and involved in some savage fights with pirates (some things don’t change much). On heading west through the straits  of Gibraltar, which they called the pillars of Hercules, they were surrounded by sea serpents and reported that some of their boats were almost sunk.  {this portion can be easily written off as myth and no doubt is written off by most modern scholars. However, the reader might keep in mind that ancient reports of attacks by giant squids were also written off as fairy tales, until recently, and even the existence of Troy was said to be a fable. No doubt the chronicle falls into magnifying and embellishment and elements of myth as do most ancient histories, whether these sea serpents were plesiosaurs or mere figments of imagination. But that is no reason to discard the baby with the bath water, as history has shown, time and time again}

I think the main reason scholars have wanted to ignore this manuscript is due to the fact it ties in so well with those of Nennius and others that carry the line of the Brits all the way back to Noah. They prefer to write off such as myth making despite archeological and other support, while embracing the proven myth of spontaneous generation sometime in the distant past, with no empirical support what so ever.

We shall find examples of tall tale making enough in the chronicles and need to sift out the story telling from the reality as best we can, but that’s part of the fun of it. So fasten your seat belts.

After passing through the straits of Gibraltar and meeting and allying with a second group of Trojan allies led by Corineus, the exiles land in Gaul and are involved in a series of epic battles. They win many victories but not without cost, but soon noticed that the Picts and Gauls they’re engaging keep building in numbers, no matter what their losses. So in a fortuitous moment, they retreat to the ships and head around the coast for the land they are seeking.

Brutus and Corineus land on the island and call it Albion or “Y wen Ynys”, in Welsh, the white cliffs. The account tells us that the Island was indeed largely uninhabited, except for a remnant of “giants”, who took refuge in the mountains on the landing of the Trojans. Corineus took up residence in the area now known as Cornwall, allegedly because the area had more giants for him to fight with.

Brutus settled on the Thames, and built “New Troy”, which became corrupted to Troinovantum.  This city in time was ruled by Lud, who the chronicles tell us was the brother of Cassivelanus, who led troops against Caesar when he invaded the island. Lud greatly fortified and expanded the city and renamed it Caerlud, which eventually became known to the Saxons as London.

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3 Responses to The Welsh Chronicles Continued: Brutus

  1. Lance Ponder says:

    Suggested resource: After the Flood by Bill Cooper. It is an excellent book chronicling mostly European history from the flood to the present. He lists out extensive genealogies of kings from Japheth to the House of Winsor. Yes, he documents Beowulf and Arthur. While our legends may be largely fictionalized, they do appear to have been real people in history. He lists out kings lines in six European nations as well as documenting many of the place-names associated with Gen 10-11.


    • notmanynoble says:

      Great book, and he is the one who did the translation of this old manuscript. He does cover the Miatso people in China as they also trace their ancestory back to their Noah. Many people will immediatly write off the ancient Euopean genealogies because they are found in Christian nations…just assume they are forgeries. That is a extremely biased approach, and even if taken, it doesnt answer the existence of so many flood stories and even genealogies in all parts of the globe.


  2. Pingback: The Welsh Chronicles; From Noah to Brutus to Arthur | Notmanynoble's Blog

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