By A. D. M. Barrell
It is a one-volume historical past of medieval Scotland, focusing on the interval among the center of the 11th century and the Reformation and taking complete account of modern scholarship. it truly is basically a political and ecclesiastical learn, analysing the advance of the associations of the Scottish country, clash and co-operation among the crown and the the Aristocracy, relatives with exterior powers, the heritage of the church in Scotland, and the formation of a particular Scottish id. The Wars of Independence are tested of their old context, and parts of id and alter are pointed out around the entire interval. specific emphasis is put upon family members among middle and outer edge in medieval Scotland and at the problems skilled by way of the crown in implementing royal authority within the north and west.
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It is,therefore,unsurprising that David I went to such lengths to support the claim to the throne of his son and ultimately of his grandson, but Malcolm still faced opposition from native magnates for much of his twelve-year reign. It is scarcely remarkable that Malcolm was an ardent advocate of feudal settlement in Clydesdale, an area through which the troublesome chieftains of western Scotland could gain access to the heartland of his realm. The accession of a king who was so young meant that the work of government devolved on leading nobles and oﬃcials, and the minority of Alexander III was politically turbulent.
Although Alexander III imposed duties on the export of wool and hides, which suggests considerable overseas trade in those commodities, the only speciﬁc evidence of material prosperity comes in a description of the wealth of Berwick in the mid-s. In economic terms Berwick was Scotland’s principal burgh, well placed for cross-border commerce and for the arguably more important trade with the countries across the North Sea. 24 24 N. H. . Medieval Scotland Alexander III’s success in quelling discord must also not be overstated.
Under David I other household oﬃces appear, 21 22 H. L. MacQueen,‘Scots law under Alexander III’, in N. H. , Scotland in the Reign of Alexander III, – (Edinburgh, ), . See generally J. M. Gilbert, Hunting and Hunting Reserves in Medieval Scotland (Edinburgh, ). Feudal Scotland such as the constable, butler and marischals. These were important posts, albeit soon to become largely honoriﬁc and ceremonial. More signiﬁcant in terms of administrative development were the chamberlain, who was responsible for royal ﬁnances, and the chancellor, who was usually a senior cleric.
Medieval Scotland (Cambridge Medieval Textbooks) by A. D. M. Barrell