An overview: Claudia was descended from British royalty. Her father was Caradoc, better known to history by the named the Romans gave him of Caracatacus. Before his defeat and capture at the hands of the Romans, he had been King of the Welsh Silures and the Pendragon of the British armies. He was also first cousin to King Arviragus, who welcomed Joseph of Arimathea and his Bethany band to Glastonbury. Once captured, Caractacus so impressed the Roman senate he was given his freedom, provided he stayed in Rome for seven years. The Roman Emperor, Claudius, was so charmed by the young Claudia, he adopted her as his daughter. It was at this point that she changed her name from Gladys (meaning "princess") the Younger, to Claudia. At the age of seventeen, Claudia married Pudens, A Roman senator. The Pudens home was the gathering place for many of the Apostles, most especially St. Paul, who was the half-brother of Claudia's husband. The Pudens offered spiritual and often physical refuge for many Christians during that early period of persecution. As a result, Claudiaís brother, husband and all of her four children were eventually martyred.
In more detail: George F.Jowett, in his book The Drama of the Lost Disciples states that Eurgain (Claudiaís sister) was the first British woman to be converted to Christianity, and that she, along with other family members, was baptized by Joseph of Arimathea in Great Britain. From the akashic record I perceive that Joseph, Caradoc and Caradocís immediate family as well as other clan members, journeyed to what is now Glenlyon, Scotland into the family territory of Caradocís, where they were baptized by Joseph at a sacred spring. This was an important journey, as Caradoc needed for his most kindred tribe to witness this baptism. Although Jowett states that Caradoc himself, along with his father, the Arch Druid Bran, were not baptized until much later, I do not concur. I see that they were all baptized then...including Claudia. Author Laurence Gardner, in his book Bloodline of the Holy Grail, states that Bran was married to Anna, daughter of Joseph of Arimathea, and that Caradoc, while a contemporary, was not his son. I disagree. From my insights, Caradoc was Branís son, and Anna, instead of being Branís wife, was Caradocís wife. Joseph had been to Great Britain many times in the past, even taking his young nephew, Yeshua, with him on one occasion. These people knew and respected him well from previous visits. Anna, his daughter, had traveled with him on one of those previous journeys, with the purpose of marrying Caradoc in an intended alliance for the future of Great Britain. So none of this simply "happened." It had been well-orchestrated long before Yeshuaís transition. This would make Caradocís and Annaís children: Linus, Eurgain, Gladys the Younger (Claudia), Cillynus and Cynon (Cynon wasnít yet born at the time of the Glenlyon journey) the grandchildren of Joseph of Arimathea. Thus, the journey to Glenlyon for the purpose of the Baptism had long been anticipated, even before these children had been born. With it, whole tribes were united in spirit for the good of the future of Great Britain. The British Isle were intended to be a haven where the TRUE Christian principles which Yeshua imparted could be freely united with the Goddess-Earth consciousness so rich there. The Druids already had spoken in their prophecies thousands of years before, about "Yeshu." So when Jowett states that Eurgain and the others were "converted" this is not the case. There was no need to convert them. While they still continued to drink deeply of the Motherís elixir, this Grail family had been bred and born for their Christic mission. So it was with the same purpose, that the Apostle Peter made Linus, grandson of Joseph, who was the uncle of Yeshua, the first Bishop of the Christian Church of Great Britain.
It is my insight that the Baptism at Glenlyon took place in 41 AD. In 42 AD, Rome invaded the British Isles with the intent of exterminating every single Christian in Great Britain. Led by Caradoc and Arviragus, the Celtic people fought valiantly for nine years...a long time to withstand the might of the Roman Empire. Caradoc was captured not in battle, but through betrayal while he slept. He and his wife, whom Gardner calls "Anna," (although I suspect she took a different name as the Queen of the Welsh Silures), and their children went as hostages to Rome. Claudia was probably around 15 at the time. Caradocís trial was in 52 AD. Even though women were forbidden to appear before the Roman senate, Claudia walked proudly by her fatherís side into the senate and no one dared to put her aside. Once Caradoc made his famous speech in front the Roman senate, he and his family were freed on the condition that they remain in Rome for seven years.
Gladys the Elder, Caradocís sister, had married the Roman Commander-in-Chief, Aulus Platius during a period of truce between Great Britain and Rome. Then the hostilities started up again, placing the elder Gladys in a rather awkward position! But then Caradocís first cousin, King Arviragus had married Venus Julia, the daughter of the Emperor Claudius during a truce as well! Now that Caradoc and his family were free and settled in Rome (while the war still went on awhile in Great Britain), Gladys the Elder, now known as Pomponia Graecina, became part of the large "Roman" family of Caradoc, who was now called "Caractacus." In addition, Gladys the Younger had become adopted by the Roman Emperor, Claudius, and as a result, was now "Claudia." Claudia soon thereafter married the Roman senator Pudens, who was most certainly a "closet Christian" by that time. This large family lived in a palatial estate called "Palatium Britannicum," secretly (rather an open secret) an entirely Christian household. However, when we use the word "Christian" in speaking of the early Celtic Church (which is was this "Christian Palace" truly was), it is not the same as the later Roman Catholic or even Protestant church. These early Celtic Christians blended together the Christ and the Earth Goddess as Yeshua intended it to be.
In those early years in Rome, the main figures living in the Pudens household (Platium Britannicum) with Claudia, Pudens and their children, were:
Caracatacus and his wife "Anna," his daughter Princess Eurgain and her husband, Salog, Lord of Sailsbury, Eurgainís brother, Linus, at this time already a priest in the church of the "new religion," Caracatacusí father, the Arch Druid Bran and Pudenís mother, Priscilla, who was also the mother of St. Paul, as Paul and Pudens were half-brothers.
Claudia began having children very quickly after her marriage, and had four children in all: Timotheus, Pudentiana, Praxedes, and Novatus. The first and the last were boys, the two middle were girls.
When Paul came to Rome, he seldom stayed in his own dwelling, but with his mother and the Pudens instead. None in the Pudenís household, including his own mother, Priscilla, ever mentioned to Paul that the Celtic family, while having dedicated themselves to Christ, still agreed with the "pagan" principles of their native land. He would not have cared for this at all!
Jowett states that in 66 A.D., Claudia, her husband and children were able to claim the mutilated body of Paul from the Romans and buried him secretly in the private burial grounds on the Pudens estate. This is where Claudia, Pudens and all their children were eventually buried. Claudia lived to see her brother Linus, murdered, then years later, her husband as well. A year after that, Claudia died in A.D. 97 from a natural death, at the age of 67. All her four children were eventually killed for the Christian beliefs, although Claudia did not live to witness this.
Eurgain is said by Jowett to have become the first Christian Saint of the British. My insight is that when her father went back to Great Britain after his imposed exile in Rome, she and her husband accompanied him. She remained there for about two or three years, and the returned to Rome and the Pudens household (now a sanctuary for persecuted Christians). After several more years, she returned to Britain again. She might have visited Rome one more time.