Wales dating and marriage custom

If the hypothesis is correct, what then would have inspired the later chroniclers to add bogus information?It is not easy to place oneself in the mind of the later medieval chronicler.

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The reconstruction is based mainly on information extracted from Irish annals, in particular the Annals of Tigernath and Ulster (discussed in more detail in the Introduction to the document IRELAND), and in the 10th to 14th century Scottish chronicles which were collected by Skene in 1867 are two other important sources which have been consulted, although the former is unreliable on many points of detail.The only reference to succession practice which has been found is the report in the Chronicle of John of Fordun which states that King Kenneth II decreed a change to enable "the nearest survivor in blood to the deceased king to succeed".The move would obviously have been unpopular in the wider royal family, and King Kenneth was not powerful enough to carry it through, as shown by his murder in 995, alleged in the same source to have been committed by his collateral relatives.Reliable information now available about the early Scottish kingdom and its kings is therefore limited.The present document attempts to reconstruct the genealogy of the Scottish kings from the mid-9th century.