The ætheling: a study in Anglo-Saxon constitutional history

  title={The {\ae}theling: a study in Anglo-Saxon constitutional history},
  author={David Norman Dumville},
  journal={Anglo-Saxon England},
  pages={1 - 33}
  • D. Dumville
  • Published 1 December 1979
  • Linguistics, History
  • Anglo-Saxon England
In his Celtic and Anglo-Saxon Kingship Professor D. A. Binchy reconsidered the early (pre-Norman) Welsh law of succession and concluded that ‘it was recast after the Anglo-Saxon model’. In his view the matter turned on two questions which have an important bearing on both Welsh and English history. When did the ‘Common Celtic’ type of kingship, in which a successor could be drawn from a four-generation group, give way in Wales to a system in which ‘the reigning king nominates his successor, who… 

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  • History
    Transactions of the Royal Historical Society
  • 1986
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    Transactions of the Royal Historical Society
  • 1986
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  • Education
    Anglo-Saxon England
  • 1974
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