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Scottish History: The Power of the Past by Edward J Cowan, Richard J Finlay

By Edward J Cowan, Richard J Finlay

This publication examines how generations of Scots have exploited and reshaped background to fulfill their wishes, from the conquest of the Picts to the refounding of Parliament. Chapters discover the violent manipulations of the prior in medieval Scotland, the Scottish Reformation, the transformation of "Highland barbarism" into "Gaelicism," and different matters.

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53 When we read Fordun's chronicle, then, we must take very seriously the possibility that the narrative (but not necessarily each and every Gesta Annalia word) was written no later than 1285. To be more certain about this would require a thorough investigation of how was composed. This cannot properly be undertaken without a new edition of the text and the publication of a key source, the historical materials associated with the Life of Margaret which survive in a Chronica Dunfermline manuscript recently identified in Madrid.

H. R. Luard, Rolls Series (London, 1890); , ed. H. T. Riley, Rolls Series (London, 1865); on originally compiled by Mathew Paris; see Antonia Gransden, note. (London, 1974), 357 note and 377 32 f i o n a wat s o n Flores Flores a treaty with England's greatest enemy, France. However, they are by no means completely in agreement as to the details. Langtoft and , for example, state that the twelve were responsible for the negotiation of the treaty with France, not the government of Scotland, although does say explicitly that government was taken out of John's hands.

13 in the Chronicle of Melrose (1198±1214); see Anderson, east of Kings , 75, and D. Broun, `Contemporary perspectives on the succession of Alexander II: the evidence of king-lists', forthcoming. , 146±53. Edited in Anderson, , 137±46, 155±60. Kings and Kingship , 240±60. At 68 she suggested a date of between 1165 and 1184 for the original compilation, but a cogent case has been De situ Albanie Alba: Celtic Scotland in the Middle Ages made for dating it to 1202x14: Miller, `Matriliny by Treaty', esp.

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