This article investigates the motivations behind royal pilgrimage to Rome in
the early Middle Ages by examining the journeys of three Welsh kings
(Cyngen ap Cadell in 854, Hywel in 886, and Hywel Dda in 928). These
journeys have rarely been considered as a group, and in bringing them
together this article proposes a new interpretation of Welsh royal
pilgrimages, highlighting the important context of English overlordship. By
scrutinizing the Welsh evidence in a comparative context, placing these
Welsh journeys alongside examples from England and Ireland, this article
also aims to contribute to our understanding of broader trends in early
medieval royal pilgrimage.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)560-591
JournalEarly Medieval Europe
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2020

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