High King

A high king is a king who holds a position of seniority over a group of other kings, without the title of Emperor; compare King of Kings. A high king is a king superior to other kings

Rulers who have been termed "high king" (by their contemporaries or by modern observers) include:

  • Various ancient Irish and British rulers, notably the High King (Ard Rí) of Ireland. Some other monarchs, such as King Arthur, Uther Pendragon, and Vortigern, have been termed "High King of Britain" in some accounts.
  • The ruler of the Picts.
  • The Ard Rí Alban, high king of Scotland.
  • Some ancient Greek rulers, such as Agamemnon (see anax).
  • The most powerful king of the various Etruscan city-states.
  • Mepe-Umaglesi "Most High King" was a predicate of the Georgian Orthodox Mepe-Mepeta ("King of Kings")
  • In Lithuania, the title of "Didysis Kunigaikštis" is more accurately translated as "high king", although it is traditionally rendered as "Grand Duke"
  • In ancient Sumer, the rulers of all Sumer held the title of "Nam-Lugal" (High King).

The Bretwalda was essentially the high king of the Anglo-Saxons, though the name is rarely translated as such.

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong in Malaysia could probably be seen as a "high king", as he is selected from among nine Malay rulers (seven Sultans, a Raja, and a Great Lord) by election (through informal agreement, on a rotational basis). In practice, however, the term "high king" is rarely applied to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, rather "King".

The "maharaja" (Indian) could possibly be rendered as "high king", although the literal meaning is closer to "great king".

"Taewang," meaning "greatest of kings," was used by the later rulers of the Korean kingdom of Koguryo (and Silla, albeit to a rarer extent) to rank themselves as equals to the Chinese Emperors or to express suzerainty over surrounding states, particularly during the Three Kingdoms Era. "Daewang" ("great king") was used by rulers of other kingdoms and subsequent dynasties, including Baekje, whose king assumed the style of "Daewang Pyeha" ("His Imperial Highness the Great King") by the reign of Kimg Mu (600-640 AD) at the latest. However, after the Mongol Invasions of Korea, these rulers remained technically subordinate to the Mongol Empire and later China until King Gojong declared the Korean Empire in 1897 and assumed the title of "Hwangje," or Emperor (the Korean rendition of the Chinese "huang di").

The title "King of Kings" also expresses much the same concept as "high king" – it was used at various times by the Emperor of Persia (shahanshah) and the Emperor of Ethiopia.

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... This along with a desire to make his high kingship a reality prompted an attack on Connacht in 703 ... of Corann (in Southern Co.Sligo) against the men of Connacht led by their old king Cellach mac Rogallaig (died 705) ... The Chronicle of Ireland again calls him High King when reporting his death ...
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... High-King (ハイ・キング, Hai-Kingu?) is also the name of a J-pop group created in 2008 featuring Ai Takahashi, Reina Tanaka, Saki Shimizu, Maimi Yajima and Yuuka ... Lewis's epic fantasy, The Chronicles of Narnia, Peter Pevensie was the High King of Narnia over the younger Edmund Pevensie, by virtue of being the eldest, and his brother and sisters, Susan Pevensie ... He was also the High King over all Kings of Narnia, from the first to the last ...
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... In 1166, after losing the protection of High King Muirchertach Mac Lochlainn, the King of Leinster, Diarmait Mac Murchada, was forcibly exiled by a confederation of Irish forces ... The 1175 Treaty of Windsor between Henry and Ruaidhrí maintained Ruaidhrí as High King of Ireland but codified Henry's control of Leinster, Meath and Waterford ... Ruaidhrí unable to curb his vassals, the high kingship rapidly lost control of the country ...
Conall Grant
... Conall Grant mac Cernaig (died 718) was a King of Brega of the Uí Chernaig sept of Lagore of the Síl nÁedo Sláine ... He was the grandson of the high king Diarmait mac Áedo Sláine (died 665) ... Two contemporaries were also considered kings of Brega around this time, Amalgaid mac Congalaig (died 718) of the Uí Chonaing, and Conall Grant's ...

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