Kingship was the defining feature of medieval Scotland. The monarchy provided the Scots with a focus for national identity and gave Scotland a recognised status in Europe. The fourteenth and fifteenth centuries formed a unique era for Scottish kingship, in which kings achieved new status and power, while facing fresh challenges to their authority and legitimacy. The essays in this volume focus on individual reigns and particular themes as a means to create a synthesis of research from the last quarter century, and give fresh insights into the exercise of kingship in a late medieval realm. In doing so, the book pays tribute to Norman Macdougall, formerly of the Department of Scottish History at the University of St Andrews. Macdougall's two landmark books, "James III" (1982) and "James IV" (1989, 2nd edn 1997), revolutionised the understanding of late medieval Scottish monarchy, and demonstrated how the detailed study of the crown throws light on all aspects of the history of medieval realms. This collection, written by the leading historians of medieval Scotland, including many of Macdougall's students, brings kingship and the exercise of power to the fore again.
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Author Biography - Michael Brown
Michael Brown is a Reader in Scottish History in the Department of Scottish History at the University of St Andrews. He is author of a number of publications, including James I, The Black Douglases and Wars of Scotland. Roland Tanner was medieval editor of the Records of the Parliaments of Scotland, 1235-1707 (www.rps.ac.uk), co-editor of The History of the Scottish Parliament, volume 1: Parliaments and Politics in Scotland, 1235-1560 (Edinburgh) and author of The Late Medieval Scottish Parliament: Politics and the Three Estates, 1424-1488. Since 2003 he has been partner in TannerRitchie Publishing, a publisher of digital historical resources.