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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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The Britons and their Neighbours under the Mercian Hegemony, 685–825

The Britons and their Neighbours under the Mercian Hegemony, 685–825

(p.411) 13 The Britons and their Neighbours under the Mercian Hegemony, 685–825
Wales and the Britons, 350-1064

T. M. Charles-Edwards

Oxford University Press

This chapter continues the history of the relationship between the Welsh and the Mercians taking its start from the decline of Northumbrian power after the battles of the Trent and Nechtanesmere (679 and 685). This is the period which sees the rise of Mercia to become the dominant power in England south of the Humber. Its relations with Wales are an essential part of this development, as revealed by Offa's Dyke, to which one part of the chapter is devoted; another discusses the Pillar of Eliseg which may be a key to Offa's Dyke; other sections discuss relations between the Cornishmen and the West Saxons and between the Britons of the kingdom of Alclud (Dumbarton) and their Pictish, English, and Gaelic neighbours.

Keywords:   The Mercian hegemony, Offa's Dyke, the Pillar of Eliseg, Cornwall, the Northern Britons

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