From Client King to Sovereign

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:
From Client King to Sovereign

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This chapter studies the development of ideas of independence in relation to the church by looking beyond formal statements which were made on a particular occasion. It observes that there were texts produced as part of a campaign on behalf of a church (like Jocelin's Life of Kentigern or the St Andrews foundation-legend), which offered a vivid insight into the aspirations of those for whom they were written; moreover a work like the Office of Kentigern, composed in response to a more regular need, revealed almost in passing a concern about Glasgow's place in relation to Scotland. It presents an argument that changes in the way charters of kings of Scots were dated and in the use of the ‘royal we’ repay close scrutiny. It reveals the gradual dawning of the novel idea that the king of Scots was no longer subordinate to the king of England, but was of equal status.

Keywords: independence; church; Life of Kentigern; Glasgow; Scotland; charters; king of Scots; king of England

Chapter.  11514 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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