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“In 936AD, perhaps the most significant event happened. In 927 Hywel, King of West-Wales was
recorded in the ASC as being under the governance of King Athelstan of Wessex by agreement -
there being no record of Athelstan taking his military campaigns into Cornwall. It seems probable
that Hywel agreed to pay tribute thus avoiding further attacks and maintaining a high degree of
autonomy. Athelstan 9 years later sets ‘for ever’, the border between his kingdom and that of the Celtic
Cornish at the east bank of the River Tamar, practices ethnic cleansing against the Cornish at
(William of Malmesbury 'cleansed of its defilement by wiping out that filthy race').

Dr Bernard Deacon - Institute of Cornish Studies”

By AnBalores Posted: February 22, 2014


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  • hereandthere  |  February 22 2014, 10:56PM


  • Big_Ger  |  February 23 2014, 9:53AM

    In 814 King Egbert of Wessex ravaged Cornwall "from the east to the west", and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle records that in 825 the Cornish fought the men of Devon. In 838 the Cornish in alliance with Vikings were defeated by the West Saxons at Hingston Down.] In 875, the Annales Cambriae record that king Dungarth of Cornwall drowned, but Alfred the Great had been able to go hunting in Cornwall a decade earlier, and Dungarth was probably an under-king. Kenstec (c.833-c.870) became the first bishop of Cornwall to profess obedience to the Archbishop of Canterbury, and in the same period the bishop of Sherborne was instructed to visit Cornwall annually to root out the errors of the Cornish church, further indications that Cornwall was becoming subject to Wessex in the middle of the ninth century] In the 880s Alfred the Great was able to leave estates in Cornwall in his will According to William of Malmesbury, after the Hereford meeting Æthelstan went on to expel the Cornish from Exeter, fortify its walls, and fix the Cornish boundary at the River Tamar. This account is regarded sceptically by historians, however, as Cornwall had been under English rule since the mid-ninth century. Glasgow University historian John Reuben Davies sees it as the suppression of a British revolt and the confinement of the Cornish beyond the Tamar. T. M. Charles-Edwards dismisses William's account as an "improbable story" on the ground that Cornwall was by then firmly under English control. Æthelstan emphasised his control by establishing a new Cornish see and appointing its first bishop. King Athelstan established a bishopric at St Germans to cover the whole of Cornwall, which seems to have been initially subordinated to the see of Sherborne but emerged as a full bishopric in its own right by the end of the 10th century. The first few bishops here were native Cornish, but those appointed from 963 onwards were all English. From around 1027 the see was held jointly with that of Crediton, and in 1050 they were merged to become the diocese of Exeter.

  • Slimslad  |  February 23 2014, 1:00PM

    "ASC"? Oh, you mean the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle? Why didn't you say so? LOL

  • AnBalores  |  February 23 2014, 2:08PM

    hereandthere and fellow trolls continue to show themselves as uneducated racist bigots.

  • rickoon  |  February 23 2014, 3:09PM

    @AnBalores You have already declared on here that you are standing at the next election for the Green party, I would strongly recommend, not for you or the Green party but for Cornwall's sake and out of consideration for the people of Cornwall please try to conduct yourself worthy of holding such office.

  • rickoon  |  February 23 2014, 3:49PM

    See what I mean??? Enough said.


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