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Aldrien, King of Brittany
(c.AD 373-464)

(Welsh-Aldwr, Latin-Aldroenus, English-Aldron)

Aldrien was Gradlon Mawr's grandson, who reigned after his little-known father, 'King' Salomon I. He appears, on occasion, to have been called Daniel. As the heir of Eudaf Hen's nephew, it was to the young Aldrien that Gwithilin, the Archbishop of London, travelled with a deputation to offer him the British High-Throne. There had been no monarch in Britain since the Emperor Gracian's death, and in 410 the Roman army and administration had decided to completely withdrawal back to Rome. Aldrien was aware of the chaotic state of the country, and of the damage incurred from invading Picts, Saxons and Irish. He was, therefore, unwilling to take on the kingdom but sent his brother, Constantine, in his place, with two thousand armed men to secure the throne. Aldrien died some fifty years later, in 464, having married the sister of St. Garmon, Bishop of Man and produced, by her, at least four sons: Budic I, Erich, Judicael and Bican. He was succeeded by the former.

Generally considered legendary.

  

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