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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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Introduction Land and People: Northern Britain in the Eighth Century

Introduction Land and People: Northern Britain in the Eighth Century

(p.1) Introduction Land and People: Northern Britain in the Eighth Century
From Pictland to Alba, 789-1070

Alex Woolf

Edinburgh University Press

In or around the year 1140 Henry, Archdeacon of Huntingdon and Cambridge, composed a history of the English. He took as his model and inspiration the Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation written some 400 years earlier by the Northumbrian monk Bede. This introductory chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to explore the changes that had taken place between the time Bede wrote and the time at which Henry wrote. Central among the issues investigated is the mystery of Pictish ethnonemesis, their disappearance as a distinct people, a phenomenon which Henry of Huntingdon was the earliest observer to note. The chapter then provides an overview of the period being studied, covering the political landscape, the Christian experience, the agricultural experience, lords and men, kings and kingship and commerce.

Keywords:   Pictish ethnonemesis, Henry of Huntingdon, Bede, political landscape, agriculture, lords, kings, commerce

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