Brigantia and northern England
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Brigantia and northern England book
The conventional view of northern England in the Iron Age has been largely determined by historical sources dating from the Roman occupation. Tacitus, whose account formed the basis of Sir Mortimer Wheeler’s interpretation of Stanwick, states that the territory of the Brigantes was reputedly the most populous in the entire province (Agricola: 17), and Ptolemy, writing in the second century AD, explicitly reported that Brigantia extended from sea to sea. Wheeler certainly assumed a single tribal group or at least a confederation of tribes with a paramount king or queen, and later commentators in general have likewise assumed that Brigantia was in some sense a meaningful entity. Cunliffe (1991: 189) questioned the ‘Brigantian confederacy’ model, but still acknowledged the primacy of the Brigantes over their client neighbours.