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Nennius

welsh historical saxons material

Writer, from Wales, reputedly the author of the early Latin compilation known as the Historia Britonum, an account of British history from the time of Julius Caesar to towards the end of the 7th-c. The book gives a mythical version of the origins of the Britons, and recounts the Roman occupation, the settlement of the Saxons, and the historical Arthur's 12 victories over the Saxons. There are several versions of the Historia: the North-Welsh, the South-Welsh, the Irish, and the English. Although it contains material of doubtful historical significance, its real value lies in its preservation of material needed for the study of early Celtic literature in general, and the Arthurian legend in particular.

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