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<i>The Principal Source used by John of Fordun for his</i> Chronicle of the Scottish People

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/9780748623600.003.0031
The Principal Source used by John of Fordun for his Chronicle of the Scottish People

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This chapter determines when Scotland finally gained a sustained account of its kingship from ancient times and what is revealed in it about the way the kingdom was perceived. It notes that until recently it has seemed natural and wholly unexceptionable to follow W. F. Skene, the only person to attempt an edition of Fordun's Chronicle of the Scottish People, in regarding Fordun's work as ‘the first detailed and systematic history of Scotland’. It further notes that Fordun's chronicle was the bedrock of all attempts to write a history of Scotland in Latin.

Keywords: Scotland; W. F. Skene; Fordun; history; Latin

Chapter.  9059 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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