Bishop Eldadus of Goucester appears in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae and some dependent works. Eldadus is brother to Count Eldol of Gloucester and a strong supporter of Aurelius Ambrosius.
Eldadus Buries the Slaughtered BritonsEdit
In some manuscripts of Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae, it is Bishop Eldadus who arranges and presides over the burial of the Britons slain by Hengist’s Saxons at the Cloister of Ambrius in a cemetery nearby.
Eldadus Recommends the Execution of HengistEdit
Present at a council of British leaders gathered to decide the fate of Hengist, Eldadus reccomends that Hengist be hacked to pieces from the Biblical precedent of Samuel the prophet who so executed the captive Amalekite king Agag.
Eldadus’ brother, Count Eldol of Gloucester, thereupon leads Hengist out of Caer Conan and beheads him.
Eldadus Recommends that Oisc and the Saxons Under Him be PardonedEdit
When Oisc, son of Hengist and many of his lords unconditionally surrender themselves, Eldadus recommends that they be pardoned from the Biblical precedent of the People of Israel not slaying the Gibeonites when the Gibeonites sought mercy from Israel.
Eldadus’ advice is taken.
Eldadus recommends that Ambrosius Visit the Cloister of AmbriusEdit
Eldadus recommends that Ambrosisus visit the Cloister of Ambrius where the Britons slaughtered by Hengist and by his Saxons lie buried in a nearby cemetery. Wace and Lawman do not mention that Ambrosius acted under Eldadus’ advice in this matter.
Some Name VariationsEdit
LATIN: Eldadus; FRENCH: Eldadus; ENGLISH: Aldadus, Ældadus, Alodus, Aladus; WELSH: Eldadus.