publication . Article . 2010

Gildas and the Mystery Cloud of 536-7

David Woods;
  • Published: 14 Jan 2010 Journal: The Journal of Theological Studies, volume 61, pages 226-234 (issn: 0022-5185, eissn: 1477-4607, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Abstract
The De Excidio Britonum by Gildas is conventionally dated to the second quarter of the sixth century. An apparent allusion at DEB 93.3 to the mysterious doud which obscured the sun and moon for a year or more in Europe in 536―7 suggests that he probably wrote in 536, while the occurrence of such a phenomenon may well explain what finally drove him to publish such a fierce call to repentance.
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free text keywords: Religious studies, Ancient history, Allusion, Phenomenon, Genealogy, Repentance, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, History, Sixth century, Quarter (Canadian coin)
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