Pictavia to Albania

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:
Pictavia to Albania

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This chapter reviews the changes in Scotland between the mid-eighth and the mid-eleventh centuries. The most obvious change in the political landscape of northern Britain in the period under discussion was the disappearance of the Picts and their replacement as the dominant people of the region by the Scots. No contemporary source describes the events surrounding this transformation, but they do seem fairly consistent in describing Cinaed son of Alpín's sons as rulers of the Picts (862–78) and his grandsons as rulers of the Scots (889–943). The chapter also discusses language and culture in the Scoto-Pictish kingdom; the Gaelic conquest of Pictavia; and Albanian society in the tenth and eleventh centuries.

Keywords: Scotland; Picts; language; culture; Gaelic; Pictavia; Albanian society

Chapter.  17663 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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