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.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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"Bcde, the Bretwaldas and the Origins of the Gens Auglorum." In Ideal and Reality in Frankish and Anglo-Saxon Society: Studies
Wormald, "Bede, the Bretwaldas and the Origins of the Gens Anglorum," in P.
Bede lists the seven greatest kings, called in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle bretwaldas: AElle of Sussex (late 5th century), Ceawlin of Wessex (560-91/92), AEthelberht of Kent, Raedwald of East Anglia (?-616/27), Edwin of Northumbria (616-33), Oswald of Northumbria (634-42), and Oswiu of Northumbria (642-70) (Bede, Ecclesiastical History II: 5; Yorke, 157-61).
(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.