ARMES PRYDEIN (Welsh pronunciation: , The Prophecy of Britain) is an
early 10th-century Welsh prophetic poem from the
Book of Taliesin
Book of Taliesin .
In a rousing style characteristic of Welsh heroic poetry, it
describes a future where all of Brythonic peoples are allied with the
Scots , the Irish , and the
Vikings of Dublin under Welsh leadership,
and together succeed in driving the
Anglo-Saxons from Britain forever.
Leaders of such ventures are always given names in heroic poetry,
and in this case they are said to be Cadwallon and Cadwaladr,
implicitly inviting the audience to connect them with two famous
leaders from the distant past,
Cadwallon ap Cadfan
Cadwallon ap Cadfan and
Cadwallon . The inclusion of the non-Celtic
Vikings and the
non-Brythonic Scots and Irish as full allies in a Welsh traditional
poem is a remarkable oddity.
The poem is commonly described as an expression of Welsh frustration
with the pragmatic, peaceful policies of