Statehood and lordship in ‘Scotland’ before the mid-twelfth century

Broun, D. (2015) Statehood and lordship in ‘Scotland’ before the mid-twelfth century. Innes Review, 66(1), pp. 1-71. (doi: 10.3366/inr.2015.0084)

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Discussions of medieval statehood are guided (explicitly or implicitly) by the work of social scientists. The exiguous sources for studying Scotland in the central middle ages offers an opportunity to approach the question of statehood in a new way that depends more on the creative potential of arts and humanities. Social sciences remain crucial for understanding statehood. Instead of being guided by them during the research, however, the medieval material can itself become the basis for a dialogue with formulations of statehood by social scientists, or by historians drawing on social science. The focus is on ‘Scotland’ (the country between the Forth and the Spey), examining the basis of secular authority in local lordship, and how this underpinned the mobilisation of society for the sake of safeguarding its peace and security. This includes a consideration of the power of lordly kindreds, the lands assigned to the offices of mormaer and king, and the changing relationship of lords to individual settlements, and how this could underlie the transition from pett to baile in place names c.1100. As a result, a fresh view is taken on the antecedents of earldoms and the nature of shires, and on the role of the mormaer.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Broun, Professor Dauvit
Authors: Broun, D.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > History
Journal Name:Innes Review
Publisher:Edinburgh University Press
ISSN (Online):1745-5219
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 Edinburgh University Press
First Published:First published in Innes Review 66(1):1-71
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
637501Models of authority: Scottish charters and the emergence of government 1100-1250Dauvit BrounArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/L008041/1HU - HISTORY