Battle of Mons Badonicus

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The Battle of Mons Badonicus (English Mount Badon, Welsh Mynydd Baddon) was a battle between a force of Britons and an Anglo-Saxon army, probably sometime between 490 and 517 AD.[1] Though it is believed to have been a major political and military event, there is no certainty about its date or place. In the 9th century work Historia Brittonum the victory is attributed to the battle-leader Arthur and various later texts follow this attribution, though the only nearly-contemporary account of Badon, written by Gildas, does not mention Arthur.[2][3]

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Location and date: uncertain

Where this battle was fought, as well as the British leader's name, are unknown. The polemical monk Gildas, a near contemporary, appears to say in his essay De Excidio et Conquestu Britanniae (On the Ruin and Conquest of Britain) that the battle ("obsessio" - a seige) occurred in the year of the writer's birth,[4] but neither does he name either side's leader nor does he give any information about its location. However, this reticence was characteristic of Gildas's history in general.[5]

Place

A number of sites for the battle have been proposed, most in present-day England and Wales. (For a list of candidates, see Sites and places associated with Arthurian legend.) These sites include:

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