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Introduction

Michael Brown

in The Wars of Scotland 1214–1371

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780748612376
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672301 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748612376.003.0001
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This introductory chapter discusses the significance of the period between 1214 and 1371 in Scottish history. Across Western Europe the decades from the mid-thirteenth to the mid-fourteenth century have been identified as a period of critical importance in the definition of political units. The 150 years covered in this volume witnessed not two distinct periods, but an era that involved major changes and reversals in the internal and external structures and relationships. These centred on issues of politics and political society, and it is one of the principal aims of this volume to discuss the Scottish realm as a complex and changing polity. Throughout the period under consideration, Scotland was both a single kingdom and a collection of diverse lordships and provinces. The implications of this exerted a major influence on the character and development of Scotland.

Keywords: Scottish history; politics; politics society; political units

Chapter.  1338 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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