Balinant, Belinans, Belynant, Belynaunt
King of South Wales and father of Arthur’s Sir Dodinel in the Vulgate Merlin. Though married to a beautiful woman named Eglantine (Eglante), daughter of Machen of the Lost Island, he fathered Dodinel on his own niece.
His land was invaded by Saxons, and he allied with other kings (most in rebellion against Arthur) to oppose them. After suffering a defeat at the battle of Clarence, Belinant and the other princes joined with Arthur and expelled the Saxons for good. He later led a battalion of soldiers in Arthur’s war against Rome.
He may be, in origin, the Celtic god Beli.
Vulgate Merlin | 1220-1235
Le Livre d’Artus | Early 13th century