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The Inauguration of Alexander III (1249) and the Portrayal of Scotland as a Sovereign Kingdom

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/9780748623600.003.0026
The Inauguration of Alexander III (1249) and the Portrayal of Scotland as a Sovereign Kingdom

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This chapter traces the changing perspective on the Scottish kingdom through the bishopric of Glasgow, albeit in a more learned and less certain context. It argues that the see which had been so keen to preserve its freedom came, by the 1260s, to base its aspirations on a new conception of Scotland's ancient territorial integrity which embraced the diocese of Glasgow, rather than on an idea that Glasgow was not part of ‘Scotland’. It examines the inauguration of Alexander III on 13 July 1249 and argues that it can be regarded as the earliest extended expression of the claim that Scotland was a sovereign realm.

Keywords: Scottish kingdom; Glasgow; see; freedom; territorial integrity; inauguration; Alexander III; sovereign realm

Chapter.  13056 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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