King Ceol’s Night Dance

Ceol was a king of the Gewissae (Wessex)
He succeeded the warrior king Caewlin. With him there was a let up in the struggles that had gone on for decades before. So in my fiction I make him a merry fornicator.
Fornicators are seen as fun figures in history. This may well not be the case

Anglo Saxon Feast

King Ceol’s Night Dance

“Old King Ceol he danced a merry reel
As he danced with each maiden fair.
He drank so little mead,
For he had a greater need,
A need for each maiden fair.
A need for each maiden fair.

Old King Ceol had such a wondrous zeal,
Ah, great zeal for each maiden fair.
How he worked through each night
‘Til nowhere there in sight
Would there be a maiden fair;
Would there be a maiden fair!

Old King Ceol he had a sweet appeal,
Ah, life it can be so unfair,
For those dames in the night
As they sigh in delight,
Ceased to be a maiden fair,
Ceased to be a maiden fair.

Old King Ceol he danced a merry reel
As he danced with each maiden fair.
He drank so little mead
For he had a greater need,
A need for each maiden fair.
A need for each maiden fair!”

© Trevor Morgan, 3/4/2018

From: “The Children of Gewis”

Note:
In the regnal lists of Wessex, Ceol son of Cuthwulf, reigned A.D. 591-597.

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