The last time we had episodes focusing upon the Scotcast, it was at the end of Season Two… at the end of roman Britannia, and quite a lot of things have changed for our friends in the north. So, as is our custom, now that we’re changing gears and focusing on a new era in the main story, lets break away from our Anglo-Saxon focus and check in with what’s been happening outside of the Anglo Saxon territories.
So lets start with an event you might remember… that period, following the withdrawal of Rome, when things went completely nutty for the Welshmen living in Gwynedd and they were suffering heavily at the hands of raiders. Things had just gone straight to hell for them… and in response, we’re told that Cunedda (who probably came from around modern day Sterling) lead a warband 300 miles to the south and expelled the barbarians from the Welsh lands.
Best. Neighbors. Ever.
Seriously, that does seem like he was going above and beyond the call of duty there, doesn’t it? 300 miles to support a foreign kingdom?
And you might be wondering what was going on there and why Cunedda would do such a thing, assuming that this really happened and it wasn’t all just legend. Well, consider what we’ve been talking about in the main podcast and also what was occurring on the island in general.
Sure, Britannia was tribal for quite a while, but there were clearly strong cultural connections that enabled them to unify to deal with external threats, such as Rome. And once Rome had fully entrenched themselves on the island, large portions of Britannia experienced centuries of rule under a single government. To give you a sense of scale, Rome was in Britannia for nearly double the lifespan of the United States of America.Click here to be able to read the full rough transcript.