Introduction: The Lands of the Britons

T. M. Charles-Edwards

in Wales and the Britons, 350-1064

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780198217312
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744778 | DOI:

Series: History of Wales

Introduction: The Lands of the Britons

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The chapter considers the different senses of ‘Britain’. ‘the Britons’, ‘the Welsh’, and ‘Cymry’ in the early medieval period. It also surveys the lands that remained British up to c. 600. These extended southwards from the Firth of Forth (which divided the territory of the Picts to the north from the British people known as the Votadini, later Gododdin) and proceeds from one people and kingdom to another down the west side of Britain, including the Isle of Man, to Wales, Dumnonia and Cornwall in the south‐west, and across the sea to Brittany.

Keywords: Britishness; early‐medieval Britain; the lands of the Britons; the territorial divisions of Wales; south‐west Britain; Brittany

Chapter.  15540 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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