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Reign of Alexander II, 1214-49 (The Northern World) by Richard Oram

By Richard Oram

This quantity explores facets of the political, social, cultural, financial and spiritual improvement of Scotland within the reign of King Alexander II (1214-49). It constitutes the 1st full-length, multi-author research of the king and his reign. The 9 members to the amount discover concerns as different because the historiography of the reign, Anglo-Scottish kinfolk, Church-State relatives, financial system and overseas exchange, legislation, aristocratic symbolism, city improvement and the territorial growth of the dominion. This ebook, the 1st significant examine of a reign which observed the Scottish monarchy in achieving its mastery of northern mainland Britain, is of significant value to historians of medieval Scotland and the broader British Isles. The publication is illustrated with 24 color and b/w photos and five maps and plans. Readership: All these drawn to medieval historical past, Scottish background, felony historical past, city historical past, social and financial historical past, and the heritage of the medieval Church.

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2; Oram, Galloway, 153. 77 RMS, i, no. 188. 78 RMS, ii, no. 3136. an overview of the reign of alexander ii 21 figures who had dominated his household and administration since 1214, some through their deaths others possibly through a change in personnel that followed Alexander’s entry into mature adulthood in 1219. 1220–1221, when a line was drawn finally under the conflict with England that had dominated the early years of the reign. Many of the men who had influenced and guided him through that turbulent period had careers that extended back into the 1180s and 1190s and had been prominent in the service of the king’s father.

Alexander needed to assert his authority in the matter and ensure that royal justice prevailed over aristocratic self-help. 122 Determined to take control of the situation, Alexander refused to be pushed into making a rushed judgement and appointed a date for a trial in Edinburgh. That he intended the judgement of his court to be the end of the matter is evident from his decision to deny any appeal and refusal to brook any pleas, from either side, for a delay. The court sat on 26 November in what, according to Bower, was a very rowdy session.

83 Chron. a. 1219. He witnessed only nine royal charters between March/April 1215 and May 1216 × 1219. 22 richard d. 84 It is likely that the office of chamberlain had become increasingly honorific in the course of King William’s reign as the financial organs of royal government had developed in sophistication, but, alongside the chancellor, the chamberlain remained a key figure in royal councils. The burden of the day to day administration of royal finances was certainly devolved into the hands of professional clerks but the chamberlain retained oversight of their function and, therefore, effective control of the royal moneybags.

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