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CE History of the British Isles

  • 43– Claudius orders the Roman invasion of Britain
  • 43-409 CE Romano-British Era: Rome controls most of Britian and Wales.
  • 47 London founded
  • 60– The Roman general Gaius Suetonius Paulinus, determined to break the power of the Celtic druids, attacked Anglesey, destroying the shrine and the sacred groves. News of Boudica’s revolt reached him just after his victory, causing him to withdraw his army before consolidating his conquest. Remaining druids escape into mountains of Wales, Scotland and Ireland
  • 60/61– Boudica, queen of the Iceni, leads a rebellion in Britain.
  • 80-448 Goidelic High Kings
  • 122 construction of Hadrian’s Wall begins
  • 350 The Fenian Cycle these tales revolve around the Fianna, a group of warriors famous for their bravery and skill in battle. They operated in groups of six warriors and were only accepted to the clan after they had undergone strenuous tests to determine their abilities. Finn MacCunaill is the central character during this cycle. One of the most famous tales from this period is about how he acquired his great knowledge. A druid who was one of Finn’s teachers caught a fish in the River Boyne that was notable because whoever ate this salmon would know everything that happened in Ireland. After the druid caught the fish, Finn prepared it for him but he burned himself while cooking the fish. Finn licked his wound and immediately gained Wisdom and second sight. With this power, he supposedly foretold the coming of the Danes.
  • 395 – Merlin commissions the moving of Stonehenge to its present location at Salisbury.
  • 390 – King Vortigern meets with Saxon leaders Hengist and Horsa, descendants of Odin, in allowing the Saxons into Britain. He slays King Constantine of Britain and takes the throne for himself.
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