Sword at Sunset:  Who's Who





Ambrosius--Aurelius Ambrosius, mentioned in Geoffrey of Monmouth, here Artos' uncle


Arian--Artos' first horse; rides him through fiery walls (154)


Aelle--Saxon chiefton in South Britain; killed at Mount Badon


Amlodd--Artos' 2nd armor bearer (89)


Aquila--Companion who wears Saxon thrall ring scar from his days as slave


Bedwyr--Harper, horseman from Armorica; Sutcliff's version of Lancelot


Cabal--1st and 2nd dog of Artos; Cavall mentioned in Nennius


Cador--Prince of Dumnonia, father of future King Constantine


Cei--Companion who corresponds to Sir Kay


Caradawg--Armor maker or smith (72)


Cerdic--Son of Vortigern, whom Artos frees twice; finally leagues w/ Medraut


Constantine (2)--Son of Cador, becomes High King after Artos


Dagleaf--Merchant who gives Artos knowledge of North Britain


Druim Dhu--On of the Little Dark People near Trimontium who helps Artos


Dubricius--Bishop who protests Artos' being named High King (371)


Flavian (Minnow I)--Aquila's son, Artos' first armor bearer, later marries Teleri and has son, Minnow II


Eagles--Name given to Romans


Gault and Levin--Heroic companions; Gault dies from arrow wound; Levin seeks help during hard winter at Trimontium, sacrificing his life in the process


Gwalchmai--"Hawk of May," crippled novice from Lindin monastery; becomes Artos' chief physician; Sutcliff's version of Gawain


Guenhumara--Daughter of Maglaunus, sister of Pharic; Sutcliff's Guenevere


Grey Falcon--Artos' last horse (483)


Helen--Harlot from Eburacum who helps organize revolt against Saxons when Artos' troops enter fort


Hengest--Saxon chiefton; killed at Eburacum


Huil, Son of Caw--Saxon chieftan around Cit Coit Caledon who requests to be killed once captured


Hunno--Artos' lord of horse


Hylin--Artos' and Guenhumara's daughter born in Hollow Hills area outside Trimontium


Irach--One of the Little Dark People who scouts for Artos, eats father's "courage"


Jason the Swordsmith--Man at Eburacum who, with Helen, leads thralls' revolt


Lady Rowen--Vortigern's Saxon wife, mother of Cerdic, found dead at Eburacum


Maelgwn--Chiefton in charge of Arfon in Artos' absence; Falconer; Artos is there when Medraut revolts


Maglaunus--Guenhumara's father; King Stag in midsummer festival


Maximus--Artos' Spanish great grandfather, declared Emperor of Western Roman Empire


Medraut--Artos' and Ygerna's son; Sutcliff's version of Mordred


Minnow (I)--Flavian


Minnow (II)--Flavian's son, Artos' last armor bearer; brings news of Medraut's revolt


Noni Heron's Feather--One of the Little Dark People who helps Artos at Battle of Mount Badon


Octa Hengiston--Hengest's son, killed at Eburacum


Oisc--Lieutenannt and son of Octa; takes Kentish kingdom; fights at Badon


Pharic--Guenhumara's brother; falconer; leads 100 knights & horses given to Artos by G's father




Riada--Artos' third armor bearer; returns to Maglaunus' Dun w/ Pharic after Guenhumara's departure


Sea Wolves--Saxons


Signus--Artos' 2nd horse (100)


Utha--Artos' father, brother to Ambrosius


Ygerna--Artos' half-sister













Arfon--Artos' homeland in present-day Wales


Armorica—Brittany, where Artos goes for larger horses and also gets Bedwyr


Badon--Scene of Artos' greatest victory near Venta (present-day Winchester)


Cit Coit Caledon--Scene of foot battle (near present-day Edinburgh, Scotland)


Deva—Site of “Bear Trap” battle where Hengest is killed (present-day Chester)


Dumnonia--Cador's princedom (present-day Cornwall) where Artos accidentally drops the amethust in baby Constantine’s basket before sailing for Armorica.


Eburacum--Roman fort which Artos takes from Saxons in pursuit battle after Deva; Helen & Jason help (present-day York)


Gaul--Roman name for France


Hadrian’s Wall—Roman wall built in 110 C.E. near present-day border with Scotland. The wall, mostly still in tact, is 70-something miles long and 8-10 feet wide.


Island of Apples--Glastonbury, where Artos tells his story and dies


Linden--Monastery town where Artos argues w/ Abbot; Gwalchmai was novice there (present-day Lincoln)


Segontium—Roman hill fort near Yr Widdfa in present-day Wales


Trimontium--"Three Hills"--Fort in present-day Scotland which Artos takes in night battle; body of girl; severe winter


Venta Bulgarum--Seat of British government (now Winchester)


Yr Widdfa—Welsh name for largest mountain in Arfon (Wales), Anglicized as Snowdon; also a battle cry