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T. M. Charles-Edwards

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780198217312

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198217312.001.0001

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(p.314) 10 Kingship
Wales and the Britons, 350-1064

T. M. Charles-Edwards

Oxford University Press

Early‐medieval Welsh kingship is best approached from two directions: by analysing the political inheritance from Roman Britain and by identifying aspects of Welsh kingship in the twelfth century that were probably inherited from an earlier period. The inheritance from Roman Britain is marked in the Post‐Roman period, 400–600, both in the work of Gildas and in the inscriptions. Aspects of twelfth‐century Welsh kingship are comparable with early Irish kingship of the pre‐Viking period and are thus likely to descend from an early period. Concepts of kingship and royal succession are both discussed.

Keywords:   Annales Cambriae, Historia Brittonum, the Chronicle of Ireland, royal genealogies, Y Gododdin, Taliesin

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