When Merlin arrives at Vortigern's side, the King looks him up and down,
still reserving his judgment. He is waiting for proof of Merlin's prophecy.
The older officer, who had originally convinced Vortigern to allow Merlin
to outdo the magic of the priests, sees the dragon brooch on Merlin's
shoulder, but says nothing to the King. They wait for two hours and when
Vortigern's men exit the.........
It is ironic that one of the King's officers turns out to be Gorlois
since it is his wife, Ygraine, who will become the mother of Arthur. The
god speaks yet again through the..........
(The title refers to Ambrosius and his army who will defeat Vortigern
and claim Britain for himself as should have been his birthright from
It takes Ambrosius more than two years to become king and pacify Britain.
The first part goes quickly, because Ambrosius has modeled his army after
the Saxon forces who were marvelously mobile and which could strike quickly
and live off the country. It was called Caesar-speed. He had barely
landed when the whole of the West Country rose up to declare him King
Ambrosius uses his marvelous unifying personality to bring all the Britons
under his control. Militarily, he is just like Merlin - almost magical
in his power to...........
New names in this chapter: Eldol, Duke of Gloucester and his
brother Eldad, Christian Bishop, who promise to support Ambrosius
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