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The social space of Scottish lordship: finding friendship in written source materials, 1100–1400

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/9780748639588.003.0007
The social space of Scottish lordship: finding friendship in written source materials, 1100–1400

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This chapter examines the ways in which the methodological and theoretical perspectives of recent scholarship in the humanities and social sciences may be applied to the large body of charter and charter-related source materials that survived from the medieval period. It explores the concept of friendship (amicitia) among the landholding ranks of Scottish society, and demonstrates that despite their limitations charter texts are rich sources for the study of personal relationships in the medieval kingdom. It reviews the historiographical trends that have greatly influenced recent studies of the European world. It also talks about how scholars have employed this paradigm to uncover the complex nature of friendship in the medieval period. It argues that the literati who drafted characters, indentures, notifications, and other kinds of written instruments on behalf of noble patrons were very much up to date with, and receptive to, concepts of friendship then current in Europe.

Keywords: humanities; social sciences; medieval period; medieval kingdom; European world; amicitia; literati; friendship

Chapter.  9299 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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