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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The other manuscripts of the Chronicle have various forms of the word Brytenwalda, which might mean 'ruler of Britain' or the geographically unspecific 'wide ruler' or 'great ruler'.
But if Brytenwalda belonged to the language of political 'hype', the possibilities stayed open.
Three generations after a humiliated Alfred had eluded Viking capture in the Somerset marshes, the dreams of a Brytenwalda had materialised as political fact.