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Introduction

Cynthia J. Neville

in Land, Law and People in Medieval Scotland

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780748639588
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653492 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748639588.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter describes the two and a half centuries after the accession of David I in 1124 as a formative period in the history of Scotland. It examines the legal, jurisdictional, and political authority of the Scottish crown. It discusses how in many respects, then, the Scotland of the late fourteenth-century king Robert III was a unique kingdom, with ‘hybrid institutions, hybrid law, a hybrid Church, and an increasingly hybrid landowning class’. It explains that twelfth-, thirteenth-, and fourteenth-century Scotland was a rich blend of native Gaelic and European influences, where the customs and practices of two very distinct cultures interacted and worked together to shape a unique kind of lordly authority.

Keywords: David I; Scotland; Gaelic influences; European influences; lordly authority; King Robert III

Chapter.  4669 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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