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The Picts' Place in the Kingship's Past Before John of Fordun

Dauvit Broun

in Scottish History

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780748614196
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653317 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614196.003.0001
The Picts' Place in the Kingship's Past Before John of Fordun

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This chapter scrutinises the role of the unfortunate Picts, who were as much of an embarrassment to medieval historians as they have proved a ‘problem’ to their modern successors. When Scots were content to trace their origins to Ireland the Picts were useful as the objects of conquest, but by the later thirteenth century they had to be integrated into the proto-history of Scotland, a feat ultimately accomplished by John of Fordun using materials assembled a century before he wrote.

Keywords: Picts; medieval historians; Scottish history; proto-history

Chapter.  8423 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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