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James Fraser

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748612314

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748612314.001.0001

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‘When Óengus Took Alba’: Despot, Butcher and King (728–61)

‘When Óengus Took Alba’: Despot, Butcher and King (728–61)

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(p.287) Chapter 11 ‘When Óengus Took Alba’: Despot, Butcher and King (728–61)
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From Caledonia to Pictland Scotland to 795
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James E. Fraser

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748612314.003.0014

Óengus dominated northern Britain in the middle third of the eighth century like no king before him. His military and other interventions among the Gaels were unprecedented and unparalleled in (recorded) Pictish history. He seems to have negotiated successfully with the paramount king in Ireland and may even have invaded that country, a feat not matched until the fourteenth century. In some English records he was Unust, and in the Chronicle of 766 ‘a despotic butcher who stained the beginning of his reign with criminal blood, and continued likewise right up to the end’. He is the first Pictish king known to have invaded Northumbria, but he also established a peace treaty with his English neighbours.

Keywords:   Pictish king, northern Britain, Gaels, Northumbria

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