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Lords and Women, Women as Lords: The Career of Margaret Stewart, Countess of Angus and Mar, c.1354-c.1418

Steve Boardman

in Kings, Lords and Men in Scotland and Britain, 1300–1625

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2014 | ISBN: 9780748691500
Published online September 2015 | e-ISBN: 9781474400848 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748691500.003.0003
Lords and Women, Women as Lords: The Career of Margaret Stewart, Countess of Angus and Mar, c.1354-c.1418

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The most important and compelling political, social and juridical ties in late medieval Scotland are commonly held to be those between male kinsmen who presented themselves as part of a group bound together by common descent from a distant (or recent) ancestor. The mutual obligations placed on members of a male descent lineage have been illuminated by Jenny Wormald. This chapter explores the rather different set of obligations established through marriage, motherhood and female kinship. It is argued that in many cases these ties were at least as important in determining an individual’s circle of friends, allies and ‘partakers’ as the links provided by male kinship. The remarkable career of Margaret Stewart, countess of Angus and Mar, acts as a case study.

Keywords: kinship; marriage; chivalry; lordship

Chapter.  9753 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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