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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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Sighs of Sorrow: Iona and the Kingdoms of Northern Britain (616–43)

Sighs of Sorrow: Iona and the Kingdoms of Northern Britain (616–43)

(p.155) Chapter 6 Sighs of Sorrow: Iona and the Kingdoms of Northern Britain (616–43)
From Caledonia to Pictland Scotland to 795

James E. Fraser

Edinburgh University Press

Aeðilfrith son of Aeðilric, king of the Bernicians, emerged from the late sixth-century wars of the North British zone as the dominant figure in northern Britain, having cowed his British and Corcu Réti challengers. Having lived by the sword, the Bernician king died by it at the battle of the River Idle in 616. In the aftermath, his son Oswald was conveyed at the age of twelve to Argyll, or perhaps to Antrim and given sanctuary among the Corcu Réti. The main thrust of Bernician expansion during the reign of his father Aeðilfrith seems to have been into Gododdin, across the Pennines and into Deiran Yorkshire. Afterwards Aeðilfrith's victorious rival Edwini seems to have built up a wide hegemony across much of southern Britain, which Oswald subsequently dominated in turn.

Keywords:   Aeðilfrith, Aeðilric, Bernician king, Oswald

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