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League and Iron: Bridei son of Der-Ilei, Iona and Argyll (692–707)

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/9780748612314.003.0012
League and Iron: Bridei son of Der-Ilei, Iona and Argyll (692–707)

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Bridei son of Der-Ilei offers first glimpses ‘on the ground’ of a powerful king in northern Britain whose suzerainty, if not his direct authority, is likely to have stretched from the Northern Isles to the Forth and from Buchan to Argyll. His realm remained an empire of many units, far removed from a single, centralised kingdom. There may only have been a handful of major kingdoms involved, along with a large number of smaller autonomous units, including ‘farmer republics’. The regime Bridei inherited in 696 or 697 probably owed much to the examples and achievements of the Aeðilfrithings in the previous two generations.

Keywords: kingdom; kings; northern Britain; Bridei

Chapter.  9652 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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