The "Vita Gildae," written by a monk of the monastery of Ruys in Brittany, is the longer, and more ancient of the two lives. It is presented with an introduction, notes, and an English translation by Professor Williams. The second life, by Caradoc of Llancarfan, is shorter, and ignores the time spent by Gildas in Brittany. However it includes some Arthurian episodes which are more akin to the historical Arthur of bardic tradition than to the later mediaeval romances. The two lives together are an important source of history of the age of the Celtic saints.
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