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The Britons and their Neighbours under the Mercian Hegemony, 685–825

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/9780198217312.003.0014

Series: History of Wales

The Britons and their Neighbours under the Mercian Hegemony, 685–825

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This chapter continues the history of the relationship between the Welsh and the Mercians taking its start from the decline of Northumbrian power after the battles of the Trent and Nechtanesmere (679 and 685). This is the period which sees the rise of Mercia to become the dominant power in England south of the Humber. Its relations with Wales are an essential part of this development, as revealed by Offa's Dyke, to which one part of the chapter is devoted; another discusses the Pillar of Eliseg which may be a key to Offa's Dyke; other sections discuss relations between the Cornishmen and the West Saxons and between the Britons of the kingdom of Alclud (Dumbarton) and their Pictish, English, and Gaelic neighbours.

Keywords: The Mercian hegemony; Offa's Dyke; the Pillar of Eliseg; Cornwall; the Northern Britons

Chapter.  14754 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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