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From Caledonia to Pictland Scotland to 795$
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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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League and Iron: Bridei son of Der-Ilei, Iona and Argyll (692–707)

League and Iron: Bridei son of Der-Ilei, Iona and Argyll (692–707)

(p.237) Chapter 9 League and Iron: Bridei son of Der-Ilei, Iona and Argyll (692–707)
From Caledonia to Pictland Scotland to 795

James E. Fraser

Edinburgh University Press

Bridei son of Der-Ilei offers first glimpses ‘on the ground’ of a powerful king in northern Britain whose suzerainty, if not his direct authority, is likely to have stretched from the Northern Isles to the Forth and from Buchan to Argyll. His realm remained an empire of many units, far removed from a single, centralised kingdom. There may only have been a handful of major kingdoms involved, along with a large number of smaller autonomous units, including ‘farmer republics’. The regime Bridei inherited in 696 or 697 probably owed much to the examples and achievements of the Aeðilfrithings in the previous two generations.

Keywords:   kingdom, kings, northern Britain, Bridei

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