Bretwalda

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Bret´wal`da


n.1.(Eng. Hist.) The official title applied to that one of the Anglo-Saxon chieftains who was chosen by the other chiefs to lead them in their warfare against the British tribes.
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Bcde, the Bretwaldas and the Origins of the Gens Auglorum.
Wormald, "Bede, the Bretwaldas and the Origins of the Gens Anglorum," in P.
Although Northumbria has a long run at the end, all three of its bretwaldas faced the rising power of Mercia: the first two died facing it in battle.
83) On the English partisanship that accompanies Bede's Christian vision, see Patrick Wormald, "Bede, the Bretwaldas and the Origins of the Gens Anglorum," Ideal and Reality in Frankish and Anglo-Saxon Society, ed.