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Breuddwyd Macsen Wledig Elen The Mabinogion

Thoughts on Elen

One of my favourite tales is Rosemary Sutcliff‘s Frontier Wolf, which I first read in primary school! It tells the story of Alexios Flavius Aquila, a young Roman officer, who is disgraced but ultimately regains his honour.

The story hinges around two parallel crises. In each case, Alexios is in command of a small unit of soldiers, besieged in a small fort by an overwhelming number of barbarians.