Ancient Kingdoms and Island Histories

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:
Ancient Kingdoms and Island Histories

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This chapter examines the historiographical phenomenon from the eleventh to the thirteenth century and what it reveals about the development of regnal identity in this period. It examines Scottish material to determine how far the idea of Scotland as a distinct and ancient kingdom can be traced before the 1290s. It explores the power of the island of Britain in influencing how the highest secular authority was imagined by focusing on a form of articulating regnal solidarity that was developed not only in Scotland but also in England, in order to draw significant parallels and contrasts. It notes that it is also important to include Ireland, for if the conception of political authority was influenced by the fact that Britain is an island, then it is also relevant to investigate this in relation to the island of Ireland.

Keywords: historiographical phenomenon; regnal identity; Scotland; ancient kingdom; secular authority; regnal solidarity; Ireland

Chapter.  15930 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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