a Celtic cross






a Celtic warrior

In the year 546 …

… much of northern Britannia seemed stable. The turbulent Saxon rebellions in the far south had happened more than a hundred years before, and the fortunes of both the Britons and Gaels waxed and waned as they had always done.

In the far north, Talorc had united north and south Pictland after two decades of revolving rulers, although the king in Dál Riada, Gabhran, had inherited parts of southern Pictland through his marriage to Lluan, a princess of Manau Gododdin. The neighbouring kingdom of Strathclyde was ruled by the stern and pagan Tudwal, but for him, not all was calm.

Urien of Rheged sought to annex Tudwal’s province of Galloway; and Ynys Manann had been invaded by Cairell, the warlike King of Ulster. And in this uncertainty, Ceido, a disinherited prince from Eborac, had struck north and seized the lands beyond of the Wall of Hadrian.

The Britons were about to tear themselves apart in the pursuit of territory – and the pagan Angles who had settled along the east coast were watching …

… and Cælin, son of Wilfred, was born.