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Blegabred, God of the Jesters (“Old English Chronicles”, Giles – 1906)

Then succeeded Urianus, the son of Andragius; after whom reigned in order, Eliud, Cledaucus, Cletonus, Gurgintius, Merianus, Bleduno, Cap, Oenus, Sisilius, Blegabred. This last prince, in singing and playing upon musical instruments, excelled all the musicians that had been before him, so that he seemed worthy of the title of the God of Jesters. After him reigned Arthmail, his brother; […]

Source: The Project Gutenberg eBook of Old English Chronicles, by J. A. Giles, D.C.L.


Saeculum (Etruscan measure of time)


Old King Cole (Nursery rhyme)


  1. Tim B.

    “And after Cecil, Blegabred became king, and there never was a singer as good as he in the art / of music, nor a player as good as he in enchantment.88b And for this reason he was called the god of drama. And he reigned over the Isle of Britain twenty-eight years, and then he died, 2069 after the flood.

    And after Blegabred, his brother Arthmael became king and he reigned twenty-seven years and then he died. That was 2088 years after the flood.

    And after Arthmael, Eidol the son of Arthmael became king and he reigned twelve years and then he died, 2100 after the flood.”

    SOURCE: Parry, John Jay/ Brut Y Brenhinedd, Cotton Cleopatra version.
    Edited and translated by J. J. PARRY. Medieval Academy Books, No. 27 (1937).

  2. Tim B.

    “In another part, relating the skill and talents of the
    celebrated king Blegabres (or Blaethgabreat, as he is
    called in the version of Lazamon), who flourished, accord-
    ing to Stow, 104 A.C., was the god of jongleurs and
    singers, and played on every instrument, he is thus de-
    scribed :

    SOURCE: “The history of the violin, and other instruments played on with the bow from the remotest times to the present. Also, an account of the principal makers, English and foreign, with numerous illustrations”

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