Once upon a time, in a land called Cambria, there was a valiant people called the Silurians. Their king was named Caractacus.
He fought bravely against the invading Romans, and managed to keep them at bay for quite awhile.
Times were violent, and yet good. Caractacus had a number of children, two of whom included his son Lyn (also called Linus) and his daughter Gladys (also called Claudia.)
The Romans were not content to allow Caractacus to reign unchecked and finally forced him to make his last stand on a hill called Caer Caradoc at Church Stretton in Shropshire. He was unable to hold them off, and retreated north with his family to a nearby kingdom ruled by Queen Cartimandua.
But Queen Cartimandua was trecherous and betrayed Caractacus and his family. They were captured by the Romans and transported to Rome to stand trial.
Thus, the rule of the brave Silurians came to an end.
Times looked grim, but at the last minute, God smiled on Caractacus! The fallen king was led in front of the Roman Emperor Claudius to plead his case. This is what he said:
“Had my moderation in prosperity been equal to my noble birth and fortune, I should have entered this city as your friend rather than as your captive; and you would not have disdained to receive, under a treaty of peace, a king descended from illustrious ancestors and ruling many nations. My present lot is as glorious to you as it is degrading to myself. I had men and horses, arms and wealth. What wonder if I parted with them reluctantly? If you Romans choose to lord it over the world, does it follow that the world is to accept slavery? Were I to have been at once delivered up as a prisoner, neither my fall nor your triumph would have become famous. My punishment would be followed by oblivion, whereas, if you save my life, I shall be an everlasting memorial of your clemency.” – As reported by Tacitus in the Annals, XII,37
Perhaps it was a combination of the Spirit of God, political reasons, and the passion of this speech that moved the Emperor’s heart, but he decided to spare Caractacus’ life!
He was sentenced to live in Rome for 7 years under a sort of house-arrest, and his family stayed with him.
They lived in relative freedom and moved into a house called “Pallatium Britannicum” (British Palace), given to them by the Emperor.
While there, his children Claudia and Linus both fell under the influence of a new religion that was circulating around Rome. They became followers of a man named Christ!
Claudia, the Silurian princess, married a Roman senator named Rufus Pudens, and the two lived in a happy Christian marriage.
A famous man in these Christian circles was imprisoned, and the couple (Claudia and Rufus) took him in while he served out his time. It is also likely that Rufus Pudens, because of his status as a Senator, was able to keep worse punishments from being leveled against this man.
Yes, dear readers, it is true:
“Do thy dilligence to come before winter. Eubolus greeteth thee, and Pudens, and Linus, and Claudia, and all the brethren. The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.” – 2 Timothy 4:21
(I am very grateful to Mike Gascoigne’s book “Forgotten History of the Western People” for bringing the facts of this story to my attention.)