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De primo Saxonum adventu
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[Libellus de regibus Saxonici]

12th century. England. A series of histories of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms, beginning with the arrival in Britain of the Saxons, Angles, and Jutes, probably compiled at Durham Cathedral and once attributed to Symeon of Durham. The chronicler attempted to clarify the succession of rulers of the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms and the length of their reigns, to write what Offler describes as a "little Handbook of Chronology" with such added details as the fact that Ceolwulf, the 8th-century Northumbian king and later monk at Lindisfarne, was the first to le…

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Kennedy, Edward Donald, “De primo Saxonum adventu”, in: Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, Edited by: Graeme Dunphy, Cristian Bratu. Consulted online on 26 April 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emc_SIM_001156>
First published online: 2016

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