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Kingship

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198217312.003.0011

Series: History of Wales

Kingship

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Early‐medieval Welsh kingship is best approached from two directions: by analysing the political inheritance from Roman Britain and by identifying aspects of Welsh kingship in the twelfth century that were probably inherited from an earlier period. The inheritance from Roman Britain is marked in the Post‐Roman period, 400–600, both in the work of Gildas and in the inscriptions. Aspects of twelfth‐century Welsh kingship are comparable with early Irish kingship of the pre‐Viking period and are thus likely to descend from an early period. Concepts of kingship and royal succession are both discussed.

Keywords: Annales Cambriae; Historia Brittonum; the Chronicle of Ireland; royal genealogies; Y Gododdin; Taliesin

Chapter.  14480 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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