The Confluence

by Telwyn



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/25/2010

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 224
ISBN : 9781449071257

About the Book

‘The Confluence’, is situated in the Welsh Marches along upper reaches of the Severn River in around Shrewsbury and this river’s tributaries over the now Welsh border.  

The first chapter has an ethereal beginning and based on Berrwynn; a tribe leader who falls in battle and is taken to a mysterious place called Cynwedyn and there he meets an equally mysterious demi-god called Androssan the Ageless.

Berrwynn is encouraged to relate to the ancient tribe people’s he meets in Cynwedyn his previous life story, that of the period of 6th century A.D, and where tells of his early life, his love of Tresoara and their elopement.

Integrated are ancient Celtic mythological tales and also the Christian missionaries or Celtic saints; and of the still pagan Berrwynn’s reluctant part in their missionary work.

Is followed by the invasion of the Anglo/Saxon races, and of Berrwynn led resistance; but their valient effort failed, and the enemy only finally halted at foot of the still held Welsh green hills.

Then veering away; tells of Berrwynn’s half sister Oenone; later called ‘Nonn the Blessed’ and of the mysterious ‘Miracle of Pendeva’.

Reverting to Cynwedyn; Berrwynn and suffering from the aftermath of horrendous war experiences and seeking a cure he experiments with ancient Druidic medicines and descends into a mythological existence.   

He fights the dragon and evil goddesses in his mind, marries Bronwen and slowly recovers and he prepares for his final glorifying beatification.

The final chapter is a surprising twist and has to be read without  previous exposure.    

About the Author

Thomas Elwyn Jones' third book but it is his first published novel.

 A keen student of history, and as Welsh being his first language he has also much interest in Celtic/Welsh mythology. He write's of the area he knew when a young man and of his read stories of its turbulent history, and plethero of mythological tales.  

The mentioned places are real but their names are slightly modified for their easier English pronunciation and similarly of Christian missionaries and who really existed and called Celtic saints.