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Gildas the Wise
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All we know with certainty about Gildas the Wise (mid-6th cent. CE) is derived from his writings, especially the De excidio Britanniae (Mommsen, 1896; Williams, 1899–1901), which is the first major work of theology written in the region of the British Isles. A date of around 550 CE for the De excidio would cohere with the names mentioned by Gildas in the book (in so far as such individuals can be dated) a…

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O’Loughlin, Thomas, “Gildas the Wise”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 25 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2018

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