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From Pictland to Alba, 789-1070$
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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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Pictavia to Albania

Pictavia to Albania

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(p.312) Chapter 8 Pictavia to Albania
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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/9780748612338.003.0009

This chapter reviews the changes in Scotland between the mid-eighth and the mid-eleventh centuries. The most obvious change in the political landscape of northern Britain in the period under discussion was the disappearance of the Picts and their replacement as the dominant people of the region by the Scots. No contemporary source describes the events surrounding this transformation, but they do seem fairly consistent in describing Cinaed son of Alpín's sons as rulers of the Picts (862–78) and his grandsons as rulers of the Scots (889–943). The chapter also discusses language and culture in the Scoto-Pictish kingdom; the Gaelic conquest of Pictavia; and Albanian society in the tenth and eleventh centuries.

Keywords:   Scotland, Picts, language, culture, Gaelic, Pictavia, Albanian society

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