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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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Dragons in the Air: a Doubtful Generation (761–89)

Dragons in the Air: a Doubtful Generation (761–89)

(p.320) Chapter 12 Dragons in the Air: a Doubtful Generation (761–89)
From Caledonia to Pictland Scotland to 795

James E. Fraser

Edinburgh University Press

The achievement represented by the tenacious reigns of Onuist and Eadberct is conveniently demonstrated by the convulsions experienced by their realms in the run-up to the Viking Age. Successful expansionist regimes of the early Middle Ages tended to experience difficulty maintaining themselves, once the possibility of further expansion waned. Since 685 the Northumbrians had become squeezed between Mercian and Pictish superpowers, and internal troubles afflicted every Northumbrian king after Aldfrith. Eadberct was no exception, but coped well enough to contemplate expanding his frontiers; yet there would be no Ecgwulfing hegemony.

Keywords:   Viking Age, Northumbrians kings, Eadberct, Onuist

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