Introduction Land and People: Northern Britain in the Eighth Century

Alex Woolf

in From Pictland to Alba, 789-1070

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780748612338
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672165 | DOI:
Introduction Land and People: Northern Britain in the Eighth Century

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In or around the year 1140 Henry, Archdeacon of Huntingdon and Cambridge, composed a history of the English. He took as his model and inspiration the Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation written some 400 years earlier by the Northumbrian monk Bede. This introductory chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to explore the changes that had taken place between the time Bede wrote and the time at which Henry wrote. Central among the issues investigated is the mystery of Pictish ethnonemesis, their disappearance as a distinct people, a phenomenon which Henry of Huntingdon was the earliest observer to note. The chapter then provides an overview of the period being studied, covering the political landscape, the Christian experience, the agricultural experience, lords and men, kings and kingship and commerce.

Keywords: Pictish ethnonemesis; Henry of Huntingdon; Bede; political landscape; agriculture; lords; kings; commerce

Chapter.  15686 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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