Chapter

Introduction

Dauvit Broun

in Scottish Independence and the Idea of Britain

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780748623600
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653416 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623600.003.0011
Introduction

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This chapter discusses the coverage of this book which is concerned with how the kingship of the Scots was regarded by those who had a stake in the Scottish kingdom, especially those who were associated with the king through ties of lordship and service, or through his patronage of their church. It talks about how they envisaged their king as the ultimate secular authority within his realm, a concept whose key components changed in a way which had a fundamental effect on how the king of Scots was seen in relation to other kings, and the king of England. It explains that the expectations and aspirations of those close to the king (and the king himself), and an appreciation of what may seem natural today (or in the 1290s), are important to an understanding of what were regarded as legitimate objectives of royal policy, and thereby of Scotland's development as a kingdom.

Keywords: kingship; Scottish kingdom; secular authority; king of England; royal policy

Chapter.  16047 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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