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Brutus Greenshield

Brutus Greenshield. (Welsh: Brutus Darian Las)(Greenshield in Latin: Viridescutum).
Son of Ebracus.

Brutus Greenshield was a legendary king of the Britons as accounted by Geoffrey of Monmouth. (S1).

According to Geoffrey, Brutus was the eldest of twenty sons and the only remaining son of Ebraucus in Britain at the time of his death. All Ebraucus's other sons were in Germany establishing a new kingdom there. He reigned for twelve years after his father's death. He was succeeded by his son, Leil. (S1).

Polydore Vergil says that Greenshield "was greatly renowned neither at home nor in warfare". However, in Elizabethan England he acquired a reputation as a great warrior who is supposed to have led an expedition against the French at Hainaut. Greenshield's supposed conquest of Hainaut is also described in Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene, in which it is stated that "to repair his father's loss" he fought "a second battle at Henault with Brunchild [Prince of Hainaut] at the mouth of the river Scaldis". The battle turned his green shield red with blood. (S1).


CHILDREN of Brutus Greenshield:
  1. Leil.