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Alex Woolf

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748612338

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748612338.001.0001

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The Later Tenth Century: A Turmoil of Warring Princes

The Later Tenth Century: A Turmoil of Warring Princes

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(p.177) Charpter 5 The Later Tenth Century: A Turmoil of Warring Princes
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From Pictland to Alba, 789-1070
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Alex Woolf

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748612338.003.0006

This chapter begins with a discussion of Mael Coluim. On the retirement of the aged Constantín son of Áed into religious life in around 943, the kingship of Alba passed to Mael Coluim, the son of his cousin Domnall who had died in 900. His succession raises certain questions: was he Constantín's designated successor and, if not, did he represent a particular faction or region within the kingdom? The chapter then discusses the story of kings Eadred and Eric; the death of Mael Coluim and the reign of Ildulb; conflict between the sons of Ildulb and those of Mael Coluim which continued after the death of Cuilén and Eochaid; the western seas in the time of Cinaed, son of Mael Coluim; the fall of Amlaíb Cúarán; and the return of the sons of Harald.

Keywords:   Mael Coluim, Eadred, Eric, Ildulb, Cinaed, Amlaíb Cúarán, Harald

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