A Welsh Record of an Anglo-Saxon Political Mutilation

Published July 4, 2016

‘A Welsh Record of an Anglo-Saxon Political Mutilation’, Anglo-Saxon England 35 (2006), 245-9

A previously unidentified annal-entry in the Welsh chronicles Brut y Tywysogion and Brenhinedd y Saesson records the blinding of the sons of Ealdorman Ælfhelm as part of the ‘palace revolution’ of 1006. This article discusses how the Old English names Wulfheah and Ufegeat were recorded by Welsh scribes in accordance with Welsh phonological and orthographical norms. Possible Anglo-Saxon sources for the annal-entry are briefly considered and the transmission of the annal-entry in the Welsh sources is analysed.


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