Appendix 28
O with what sweat the men drip and with what blood the ground while
wounds are being given to the foreigners!
This may or may not be a rhetorical expansion on the previous battle of
Coleshill episode; but if not, it is an expression of the zietgeist that every
Briton who was not from Norman stock would have been empathic with.
Throughout the HRB and Vita Merlini this feeling is expressed, of the
indigents of Britain constantly being invaded. For the most part it is alluded
to as by Divine judgement upon their sins that invaders have ruled over
them. Henry Blois makes sure that the author of the Vita voices the same
attitudes held by the indigents never losing sight that he is Geoffrey of
Monmouth. ‘Geoffrey’s’ audience would have understood that it was a
feeling commonly held among most of the peasant class.