Alexander II

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:
Alexander II

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The new king of Scots in 1214 was a red-haired youth of sixteen years. Even in an age when adulthood began early, Alexander was young to rule. However, there was no question of a regency government being established. In expectation of the death of the elderly and infirm King William, Alexander had been rapidly schooled in his future office. The officers Alexander confirmed in early 1215 and the councillors who advised the king during the opening years of the reign were men with long experience in King William's government. Surrounded by this establishment, the new ruler responded to the challenges and opportunities which confronted his kingship. These problems and Alexander's reactions were shaped by the legacy of his father's long reign.

Keywords: Scottish history; Scottish king; King Alexander II; King William

Chapter.  10484 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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