Medieval cartulary manuscripts in the National Library of Scotland

Tucker, J. (2020) Medieval cartulary manuscripts in the National Library of Scotland. Scottish Archives, 25/26, pp. 23-41.

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This article surveys the cartularies held by the National Library of Scotland, considering both their history as a collection and their nature as individual manuscripts. Like many kinds of medieval manuscript, cartularies could take a diverse range of forms. Each one has its own particular characteristics, meaning that as a ‘corpus’ they are difficult to describe or define. In attempting to understand medieval cartulary manuscripts, a tension emerges between the singular term ‘cartulary’ and the variety exhibited by the manuscripts themselves. This uneasy contrast can, however, be reconciled once the cartulary is embraced as a modern scholarly concept rather than a medieval ‘category’.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Tucker, Dr Joanna
Authors: Tucker, J.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > History
Journal Name:Scottish Archives
Publisher:National Archives of Scotland
Copyright Holders:Copyright © The Scottish Records Association
First Published:First published in Scottish Archives 25/26 (2019–2020):23-41
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
302000Research and curating active manuscripts: Scotland's medieval cartulariesJoanna TuckerThe Royal Society of Edinburgh (ROYSOCED)60266Arts - History