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Last Days of the Pictish Kingdom (839–89)

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748612338.003.0004
Last Days of the Pictish Kingdom (839–89)

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The year 839 was marked by the defeat of the men of Fortriu and the killing by the heathens of Wen son of Onuist, king of Fortriu, his brother Bran and Áed son of Boanta, king of Dál Riata. The following sixty years would see the disappearance of the Picts from the historical record but how and why they disappeared is far from clear. This chapter begins with a brief discussion of the source material for this key period in early Scottish history. It then discusses the manuscript known as the Chronicles of the Kings of Alba; accounts of the death of Cinaed son of Alpín, rex Pictorum, under the year 858; the translation of the relics of Columba; Cinaed's war; Domnall, son of Alpín (858–62); Constantín, son of Cinaed (862–76); Áed, son of Cinaed (876–8); and Eochaid and Giric (878–89).

Keywords: Pictavia; Picts; Scottish history; Chronicles of the Kings of Alba; Cinaed; Áed; Columba

Chapter.  15051 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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