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Who wrote "De Excido" and when? May 30, 2002
An excellent review of the historical problems surrounding the authorship and date of "De excidio et conquestu Britanniae" attributed to Gildas. It uses the textual evidence to consider the nationality of Gildas, evidence for unity and authenticity of the text, and reviews the various arguments regarding the date of its writing. Finally, the author provides textual evidence regarding his interpretation of the date "De Excidio" was written using the text's lack of comment on the Easter Question, the reigns of the five princes addressed in "De Excidio", and the date of the Siege of Mons Badonicus.