Alright, so we have two more kings of Wales before we leave Gildas and his spittle flecked rantings. And something that you might notice as we go forward is that we don’t haven’t been provided a Tyrant of Powys nor are any of the Eastern Kingdoms listed. Sure, we don’t know where Aurelias Conanus ruled, but there’s not affirmative statement of a king of Powys, Rheged, or other kingdom by Gildas. He was just an unknown ruler (or maybe just a failed usurper).
I think it’s really important to keep aspects like that in mind. In today’s age, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to find out who is the leader of the various countries in the world are. Nothing more than a couple keystrokes, really. The world is really interconnected and information is readily accessible for most things. And, if you’re with the NSA, pretty much all information is accessible.
But at the time of Gildas, that wasn’t the case. So when we’re hearing about how awful things are, why they’re terrible, who the worst people were, and what their love lives looked like… I think we should keep in mind how limited our view is. We’re just hearing the thoughts of a deeply religious writer who was writing from a monastery in Wales. He was educated, certainly, and he’s definitely useful… but due to the constraints of the era, he just didn’t have as much information available to him as we’d like. And some of the information he was relying upon could very likely have been passed along through the rumor mill.
So, I’m still banging on that same old drum… Gildas isn’t entirely reliable. And simply because we aren’t hearing about the awful rulers of Powys and the east doesn’t mean that their rulers were fantastic. Gildas just might not have heard of them. Conversely, not everything that we’re being told should be taken as absolute fact because we have no idea from where our nutty little monk is drawing his information from.
Ok, now that I’ve given you the usual reminder… lets see what Gildas has to say about King Cuneglas.