Copper, Parchment, and Stone: Studies in the Sources for Landholding and Lordship in Early Medieval Bengal and Medieval Scotland

Davies, J. and Bhattacharya, S. (Eds.) (2019) Copper, Parchment, and Stone: Studies in the Sources for Landholding and Lordship in Early Medieval Bengal and Medieval Scotland. Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies: Glasgow. ISBN 9780852619506

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Abstract

Records of the gift of land are the major sources for the history of early India and medieval Scotland. Unlike other countries, this type of record – in copper, parchment, or stone – is central to debates about emerging regional configurations, the growth of royal authority, the development of government and its relation to people on the land. Striking parallels of form exist between Sanskrit records from India and contemporaneous Latin charters from Europe. For Scotland between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries, charters are the largest category of historical source; Bengal’s medieval history relies very heavily on its copper ‘charters’ too. This book brings together specialists from the Universities of Calcutta and Glasgow, with fresh approaches to these comparable sources, setting out new perspectives on these records, the nature of land-holding, royal power, and the formation of kingdoms.

Item Type:Edited Books
Keywords:Bengal, Scotland, Charters, inscriptions, Latin, Sanskrit, Early Middle Ages, India
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Davies, Dr John
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Subjects:D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
Publisher:Centre for Scottish and Celtic Studies
ISBN:9780852619506
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Contributors

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