The Grail Code 
Battle of the Dragons

Well, we left our poor fatherless boy in frightful peril: about to be slaughtered so that his blood could be sprinkled around wicked King Guorthigirnus’ fortress. That, the king’s magicians have told him, is the only way the fortress will ever be built.

But the boy is about to turn the tables on those magicians. In approved movie-serial fashion, we’ll reel the film back a few feet and start just before where we left off.

And the boy said to the king, “Why have your men brought me down to you?”

To which the king said, “So that you may be killed and your blood sprinkled around that fortress, so that it will be possible to build it.”

The boy answered the king, “Who told you that?”

And the king: “My magicians told me.”

And the boy said, “Call them to me.”

And the magicians were summoned, and the boy said to them, “Who revealed to you that this fortress should be sprinkled with my blood, and that without being sprinkled with my blood it will never be built? So that it may be known to me, who disclosed this to you?”

Again the boy said, “To you alone, sire, I shall soon elucidate everything; but I inquire of your magicians, What is in floor of this place? It will satisfy me if they show you what is under the floor.”

But they said to him, “We know not.”

And he said, “I shall discover it to you. There is a pool in the middle of the floor: come and dig and so you will find it.”

They came and dug, and it fell in.

And the boy said to the magicians, “Disclose to me this: What is in the pool?”

But they were silent and could not reveal it to him.

And he said to them, “I shall reveal it to you. There are two vases, and so you will find.”

They came, and so they saw.

And the boy said to the magicians, “What is enclosed in the vases?”

But they were silent and could not reveal it to him.

And he explained, “In the middle of them is a tent; separate them, and so you will find it.”

And the king ordered them to be separated, and so it was found: a tent folded up, just as he had said.

And again he asked the king’s magicians, “What is in the middle of the tent? Tell us now.”

And they were not able to know.

And he revealed, “There are two serpents in it, one white and one red. Open the tent.”

And they spread it out, and two sleeping serpents were found.

And the boy said, “Attend and consider what the serpents will do.”

And the serpents began trying to expel one another from the tent; and the other one raised himself up, to expel him from his half of the tent; and so they did three times. Yet at last the red serpent, which had seemed weaker, was stronger than the white and expelled it from the bounds of the tent, and then pursued it across the pool and vanished into the tent.

And the boy turned to the magicians and said, “What does this marvelous wonder mean, which happened in the tent?”

And they replied, “We know not.”

And the boy answered, “Indeed? But this mystery has been revealed to me, and I shall disclose it to you. The tent is a figure of your kingdom; the two serpents are two dragons. The red serpent is your dragon, and the pool is a figure of this world. And the white one is the dragon of that people which has seized so many nations and provinces in Britain, and will possess it almost from sea to sea; and afterward our people will rise and manfully drive the English people across the sea. Nevertheless, you, sire, go from this fortress, for you cannot build it; and travel through many provinces, so that you may find a safe fortress. And I shall remain here.”

And the king said to the young man, “What is your name?”

He answered, “I am called Ambrosius; that is, Embres Guletic.”

And the king said, “What is your ancestry?”

And he said, “My father is one of the race of Roman consuls.”

And the king gave him the fortress, with all the kingdoms of the western part of Britain. And the king, with his magicians, arrived at the left-hand part, and came to the region called Guunnessi. And there he built the city called, after his name, Cair Guorthigirn.

This is the story of the boy Ambrosius, one of the strangest stories in a book filled with strange stories. But does this Ambrosius have anything to do with the Ambrosius in Gildas? And—more to the point, considering what we’ve been up to for the past few days—what does he have to do with Merlin?

3 Responses to “Battle of the Dragons”

  1. Maureen Says:

    Very Moses vs magicians, if you think about it.

  2. Clintaurlinus Says:

    A more fitting story would go something like this: And Guortygyrn tried to build his stronghold upon the old iron age hillfort but the old ruins would not allow the new material to hold up to the weight Guortygyrnn requested. He then summoned his wise council for advice. It was an old custom that royal blood from a rival kingdom should be burried beneath the walls of the fort in order to ensure strength and protection. Guortygyrn then sought out a rival king’s son, and he was tossed into a pit as the second walls were being built. Guorygyrrn was also made aware of a fatherless child who’s parents wore the purple and were killed as Rome fell to the visgoths. His name was Ambrosius in Latin Myrvlynn in Celtic. Ambrosius may have witnessed the demise of the young boy who was thrown into the pit and questioned the ruler Guortygyrrn. The ruler didn’t approve of his questioning and asked him his name. The young man said his name was Ambrosius Auerulinus son of Constantine the third. Guortygyrrn then realized that Ambrosius is of his Roman blood but wanted proof he is indeed of Constantine the third. Ambrosius held out his hand and presented the ruler his ring which was worn by Constantine the third. Guortygyrrn then realized that he is truly of royal blood and gave him rule over a section of Britain. Ambrosius may have been given the title of Vortimer by the welsh who dwelled in the area he ruled over. Thus being placed in history as Vortigern’s son.

    The above should not be examined as truth but merely a possible scenario as to why Geoffrey’s tale was invented.

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