The Later Tenth Century: A Turmoil of Warring Princes

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:
The Later Tenth Century: A Turmoil of Warring Princes

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This chapter begins with a discussion of Mael Coluim. On the retirement of the aged Constantín son of Áed into religious life in around 943, the kingship of Alba passed to Mael Coluim, the son of his cousin Domnall who had died in 900. His succession raises certain questions: was he Constantín's designated successor and, if not, did he represent a particular faction or region within the kingdom? The chapter then discusses the story of kings Eadred and Eric; the death of Mael Coluim and the reign of Ildulb; conflict between the sons of Ildulb and those of Mael Coluim which continued after the death of Cuilén and Eochaid; the western seas in the time of Cinaed, son of Mael Coluim; the fall of Amlaíb Cúarán; and the return of the sons of Harald.

Keywords: Mael Coluim; Eadred; Eric; Ildulb; Cinaed; Amlaíb Cúarán; Harald

Chapter.  18258 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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