Aldfrith was king of Northumbria from 685 until his death on
14 December 704 or 705. He is described by early writers such as Bede,
Alcuin and Stephen of Ripon as a man of great learning, and some of his
works, as well as letters written to him, survive. His reign was
relatively peaceful, marred only by disputes with Bishop Wilfrid, a
major figure in the early Northumbrian church. Aldfrith was born on an
uncertain date to Oswiu of Northumbria and an Irish princess named Fín.
Oswiu later became King of Northumbria; he died in 670 and was succeeded
by his son Ecgfrith. Aldfrith was educated for a career in the church
and became a scholar. However, in 685, when Ecgfrith was killed at the
battle of Nechtansmere, Aldfrith was recalled to Northumbria, reportedly
from the Hebridean island of Iona, and became king (coin pictured). In
his early-eighth-century account of Aldfrith's reign, Bede states that
he "ably restored the shattered fortunes of the kingdom, though within
smaller boundaries". His reign saw the creation of works of Hiberno-
Saxon art such as the Lindisfarne Gospels and the Codex Amiatinus, and
is often seen as the start of Northumbria's Golden Age.
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