Illustrations of the Ruin and Conquest of Britain
Of the black and white paintings here, all are taken from the book
Story of the British Nation, published (on the basis of textual
in the 1920s. There are other illustrations from this time period in
book as well, but they are too fanciful to reproduce here. I have also
taken the liberty of reproducing "King Caedwalla attacking the Isle of
Wight, 686" as "King Creoda attacking the Isle of Wight, 534".
The black and white photo (for c.500) actually shows a Roman
and is a relief in the Antonine wall erected in 143 A.D.
The colour paintings appeared in the children's magazine
(yes, I was the child) Look and Learn. Three appeared in
872 and 873 (1978), as part of the series After the Legions Left.
A fourth, the painting of St. Germanus' victory, appeared in issue 761
(1976). The only discrepancy worth noting is that the appeal to Aetius
shows him as middle-aged. This would have been the case had the appeal
been in 446 (the traditional date, and that quoted in the magazine),
not if it was c.427, as I have taken it to be.
These painting are all by Pat Nicolle. A fifth, the painting of
Vortigern welcoming Hengest and Horsa, appeared in issue 910 (1979) as
part of the series Two of a Kind.
I do not know who the artist was.
Saxon Raiders in Britain. 410
Romano-Britons burying their treasure. 418
The "Groans of the Britons" letter to Aetius is delivered. 427
The Alleluia Victory of St. Germanus. 429
Vortigern greets Hengest and Horsa. 450
The Massacre of the British Elders by Hengest. 472
Aelle's Saxons invade at Cymensora. 477
Romano-British Cavalryman Overrunning Picts. ca. 500
King Creoda attacking the Isle of Wight. 530
St. Augustine Preaching to the King Aethelbert of Kent, 597
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