England and Scotland at War, C.1296-c.1513

Author: Andy King,David Simpkin

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004229825

Category: History

Page: 410

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In England and Scotland at War, c.1296-c.1513, Andy King and David Simpkin bring together new perspectives on the Anglo-Scottish conflict from Dunbar to Flodden. The essays focus on the military history of the wars from both sides of the border.

Noble Power in Scotland from the Reformation to the Revolution

Author: Keith M Brown

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748628231

Category: Political Science

Page: 344

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The period between the Reformation and the Covenanting Revolution has generated much historical debate on issues of political authority and power. In this volume Keith M Brown builds on his previous book, Noble Society in Scotland, to argue that in spite of the changes brought about by the Reformation, by the recovery of crown authority and by the regal union between England and Scotland, the huge power exercised by the nobility remained fundamentally unaltered. Hence when political crisis did surface in 1637-8 the crown lacked the means to oppose a noble-led revolution.Noble Power in Scotland is constructed within a framework that discusses the nobility's political relationship with the crown in chapters at either end of this volume, taking the regal union of 1603 as the crucial dividing point. The remainder of the book addresses in turn themes that analyse the various roles nobles inhabited in exercising power. There are chapter on nobles as chiefs of the remarkably strong and durable kindreds or clans, as lords over extensive territorial networks of dependants, as warriors and soldiers in domestic and foreign service, as men whose notions of honour often determined political behaviour, as magistrates presiding over a system of private local jurisdictions while also colonising central law courts, as parliamentarians and royal councillors, and as courtiers in attendance on the king in Scotland and after 1603 in London. Brown places this discussion firmly within a wider debate about the enduring power of European nobilities, showing that the Scottish nobility successfully adapted to political change, just as it did to economic and cultural change, to retain its dominant political position throughout the period.

Medieval and Early Modern Representations of Authority in Scotland and the British Isles

Author: Kate Buchanan,Lucinda H.S. Dean

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317098145

Category: History

Page: 284

View: 5318


What use is it to be given authority over men and lands if others do not know about it? Furthermore, what use is that authority if those who know about it do not respect it or recognise its jurisdiction? And what strategies and 'language' -written and spoken, visual and auditory, material, cultural and political - did those in authority throughout the medieval and early modern era use to project and make known their power? These questions have been crucial since regulations for governance entered society and are found at the core of this volume. In order to address these issues from an historical perspective, this collection of essays considers representations of authority made by a cross-section of society within the British Isles. Arranged in thematic sections, the 14 essays in the collection bridge the divide between medieval and early modern to build up understanding of the developments and continuities that can be followed across the centuries in question. Whether crown or noble, government or church, burgh or merchant; all desired power and influence, but their means of representing authority were very different. These essays encompass a myriad of methods demonstrating power and disseminating the image of authority, including: material culture, art, literature, architecture and landscapes, saintly cults, speeches and propaganda, martial posturing and strategic alliances, music, liturgy and ceremonial display. Thus, this interdisciplinary collection illuminates the variable forms in which authority was presented by key individuals and institutions in Scotland and the British Isles. By placing these within the context of the European powers with whom they interacted, this volume also underlines the unique relationships developed between the people and those who exercised authority over them.

Imagined Communities: Constructing Collective Identities in Medieval Europe

Author: N.A

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004363793

Category: History

Page: 406

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Imagined Communities: Constructing Collective Identities in Medieval Europe offers a series of studies focusing on how perceptions of community, its shared history and imagined present, created a collective identity in medieval societies.

Journal of Medieval Military History

Author: Clifford J. Rogers,Kelly DeVries,John France

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 1843835967

Category: History

Page: 196

View: 5297


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Six Scottish Courtly and Chivalric Poems, Including Lyndsay's Squyer Meldrum

Author: Rhiannon Purdie,Emily Wingfield

Publisher: ISD LLC

ISBN: 1580444105

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 330


These six poems explore some of the courtly and chivalric themes that preoccupied late medieval Scottish society. The volume includes Sir David Lyndsay's Historie and Testament of Squyer Meldrum, as well as his Answer to the Kingis Flyting; and three anonymous fifteenth-century poems: Balletis of the Nine Nobles, Complaint for the Death of Margaret, Princess of Scotland, and Talis of the Fyve Bestes.

A Companion to Chivalry

Author: Robert W. Jones,Peter R. Coss

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 1783273720

Category: Chivalry

Page: 338

View: 3774


A comprehensive study of every aspect of chivalry and chivalric culture.