Historia Brittonum I: sex aetatibus mundi

Mommsen’s chapters

The six ages of the world

§1: creation to David
§2: David to the Babylonian exile
§3: the Babylonian exile to the Passion
§4: since the Passion
§5: the first three ages
§6: the last three ages

Origins of the Britons

§7: description of Britain
§8: the three offshore islands
§9: the rivers of Britain
§10: the first inhabitants of Britain
§11: Aeneas and the Latin kings
§12: the Picts

Origins of the Irish

§13: Partholomus, the Spanish soldier
§14: the League of Eight
§15: the Scythians and Dal Riada

A computation

§16: the present year

Another origin tale

§17: the European descendants of Adam
§18: the peoples of Europe

Roman Britain

§19: Julius Caesar
§20: Caesar conquers Britain
§21: Claudius
§22: King Lucius is baptised
§23: Severus builds the Wall
§24: the usurper Caritius
§25: Constantius II
§26: Maximus
§27: Maximianus, Severus II and Constantius I
§28: Roman rule
§29: Maximianus, continued
§30: the Roman defeats by the Britons

The Saxons part 1

§31: Hengist and Horsa arrive

Saint Germanus part 1

§32: the arrival of Saint Germanus
§33: his first miracle
§34: Benlli’s citadel destroyed
§35: the origin of Powys

The Saxons part 2

§36: the Britons cannot feed the Saxons
§37: Guorthigirn marries Hengist’ daughter
§38: Hengist invites more Saxons

Saint Germanus part 2

§39: Guorthigirn cursed
§40: Gourthigirn consults his wizards
§41: the boy without a father
§42: the red and white serpents

The Saxons part 3

§43: the war against Hengist
§44: Guorthemir’s death
§45: the Saxons return
§46: the Night of the Long Knives

Saint Germanus part 3

§47: St Germanus destroys Guorthigirn
§48: another story of Guorthigirn’s death

Genealogy of Builth

§49: the descent of the kings of Builth from Guorthigirn
§50: Saint Germanus goes home

A Life of St Patrick

§50: escape from captivity
§51: the mission to Ireland
§52: the baptism of the Irish
§53: a calculation
§54: St Patrick’s many deeds
§55: comparing Patrick with Moses


§56: Arthur’s twelve battles

Saxon genealogies

§57: the Bernician kings
§58: the Kentish kings
§59: the East Anglian kings
§60: the Mercian kings
§61: the Deiran and Northumbrian kings
§62: the Men of the North
§63: early Northumbrian history
§64: Oswald and Oswiu
§65: Oswiu and Ecgfrith

A computation

§66: the date of Guorthigirn

28 cities of Britain

§66a: a list of cities

Wonders of Britain

§67: Loch Lomond, the Trent Bore and Bath
§68: salt springs and the Severn Bore
§69: Aber Llyn Llifan
§70: Ffynnon Gwr Helig, a tree at the mouth of the Wye and a blow-hole in Gwent
§71: the altar of Llwynarth
§72: a spring in Gwent
§73: Carn Cafall and Gamber Head
§74: a burial mound in Ceredigion

Wonders of Anglesey

§75: four wonders
§76: the pond of Llwchlein

i. de sex aetatibus mundi

a principio mundi usque ad diluuium anni īīCCXLII.
a diluuio usque ad abraham anni DCCCCXLII.
ab abraham usque ad moysen anni DCXL.
a moyse usque ad dauid anni D.

a dauid usque nabuchodonosor anni sunt DLXVIIII.
ab adam usque transmigrationem babyloniae anni sunt īīīīDCCCLXXVIIII.

a transmigratione babyloniae usque ad christum DLXVI.
ab adam uero usque ad passionem christi anni sunt ̄VCCXXVIII.

a passione autem christi peracti sunt anni DCCLXXXXVI.
ab incarnatione autem eius anni sunt DCCCXXIX.

prima igitur aetas mundi ab adam usque ad noe.
secunda a noe usque ad abraham.
tertia ab abraham usque ad dauid.

quarta a dauid usque ad danihelem.
quinta a daniele usque ad iohannem baptistam.
sexta a iohanne usque ad iudicium, in quo dominus noster iesus christus ueniet iudicare uiuos ac mortuos et seculum per ignem.