Sunday, November 15, 2015

Saint Gastyn

One of the options available to our hero was to become Saint Gastyn. And indeed it was a tricky moment for our hero. So perhaps a little background might be useful. Saint Gastyn himself was probably from Gaul, which is basically now France. Saint Gastyn's Church, on the shores of Llangorse Lake in Wales, has it's origins way back at around the time Roman Legions were directed to leave Britannia. Then when the Roman Legions left, Britannia which had contained a oneness, they had baths and stuff, fell prey to the Barbarians, or The Picts and The Scots, a loose association of northern heathens who were primarily occupied by earthly matters. Angles, Saxons and Jutes, the story goes were invited by the remnants of Rome in the British Island to come to their island and defend what I guess would have been the landed gentry. You can think of them as King Arthur, if you like. And classically enough when Angles Saxons and Jutes reckoned on better wages for their mercenary services, things started to go awry for the remnants of Rome in Britannia.

The Angles occupied the middle part of Briton. The Saxons occupied the more southwestern parts of Briton. The Jutes chose Kent. The remnants of Rome who were reluctant to assimilate were kind of pushed into Wales, and some will say down into the big toe of England, or Cornwall. The point about Saint Gastyn's Church is that it was a Celtic Church under the protection of Welsh Princes from the time the Roman Legions left to the time of the Norman Conquest of the Welsh Kingdom of Brycheiniog.  A period of five to six hundred years. That would be like from today going back to The Wars of the Roses, or the Voyage of Columbus. The other thing about Saint Gastyn's Church is that Victorians, who did wonders for things like sewage systems, the water supply and had worked very hard to rid the world of the Welsh Language, rebuilt Saint Gastyn's Church. But the good news is that Saint Gastyn's Church is in the Parish of Llyn Syfaddon which is a more ancient name for Llangorse Lake.

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