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

James E. Fraser

in From Caledonia to Pictland Scotland to 795

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780748612314
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672158 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748612314.003.0008
Sighs of Sorrow: Iona and the Kingdoms of Northern Britain (616–43)

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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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Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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