Sunday, August 15, 2010

"Britain's Scattered Heritage": Chronicles of the Kings of Alba

"Scattered Heritage": Chronicle of the Kings of Alba (or "[Older] Scottish Chronicle"). This is a brief written chronicle of the Kings of Alba, covering the period from the time of Kenneth MacAlpin (Cináed mac Ailpín) (d. 858) until the reign of Kenneth II (Cináed mac Maíl Coluim) (r. 971–995) and is a vital source for the period it covers. The Chronicle is written in Hiberno-Latin, without doubt in Scotland, probably in the early eleventh century, shortly after the reign of Kenneth II, the last reign it relates.

The sole surviving version of the text comes from the Poppleton Manuscript, now in the national library of France, the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, where it has been since the 17th century. A campaign for the Chronicles of the Kings of Alba’s repatriation was launched by Scottish politicians and historians in 2008.

Photo: Dunadd The Coronation site of Kenneth McAlpin

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