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Battle of Mons Badonicus

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The Battle of Mons Badonicus
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General Info
Part of Arthurian legend
Result British victory, Saxon expansion halted
Belligerents British
Led by King Arthur
Versus Saxons
The Battle of Mount Badon was a battle fought between the Anglo-Saxon invaders and the Romano-British natives in what is now England. The British forces may have been led by King Arthur, or the historic figure he may be based upon. The Saxon leader is not mentioned.


The battle is thought to be a historical occurrence and many annals describe some part of it. In the Historia Brittonum, the following passage is found;

"The twelfth battle was on Mount Badon in which there fell in one day 960 men from one charge by Arthur; and no one struck them down except Arthur himself"

Among the accounts that mention the battle are Gildas' De Excidio Britanniae, the Ecclesiastical History of the English People, by Bede and Geoffrey of Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain. The accuracy of the latter is severely doubted as it places importance on the alleged descent of the pre-Roman British chiefs from Aeneas of Troy.

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