Postscript Scotland and the Aeðilfrithing Legacy

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:
Postscript Scotland and the Aeðilfrithing Legacy

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By the end of the seventh century, northern Britain was in the midst of a transition from its late Antique period to its early medieval one. The status quo which had emerged by the end of the third century was becoming a thing of the past. The Maiatian and Uotadinian nations of outer Brigantia had become subsumed within the remarkable Aeðilfrithing imperium. The Calidonian nation had, perhaps, largely weathered that same storm, only to succumb to a new tempest from the Verturian north. A new breed of imperator had appeared, the greatest of whom — men like Áedán, Oswy, and Bridei — could meddle in the affairs of communities as far afield as Orkney, Tweeddale and Ulster. The first rumblings of a future of political, military and economic dominion by great lords based in lowland Scotland were being felt, the Bernicians perhaps representing the last in a long line of dominant groups in the North British zone stretching back to the Roman Iron Age.

Keywords: northern Britain; Calidonian nation; Bernicians; Oswy; Bridei; Áedán

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Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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