The Idea of Britain and the Origins of Scottish Independence: From the Picts to the Declaration of Arbroath

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This book challenges the belief that the Scots were an ancient nation whose British identity only emerged in the early modern era. In fact, the idea of Scotland as an independent kingdom was older than the age of Wallace and Bruce. Dauvit Broun radically reassesses a range of fundamental issues: the fate of Pictish identity and the origins of Alba, the status of Scottish kingship vis-à-vis England, the papacy's recognition of the independence of the Scottish Church, and the idea of Scottish freedom. He also sheds...

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Overview

This book challenges the belief that the Scots were an ancient nation whose British identity only emerged in the early modern era. In fact, the idea of Scotland as an independent kingdom was older than the age of Wallace and Bruce. Dauvit Broun radically reassesses a range of fundamental issues: the fate of Pictish identity and the origins of Alba, the status of Scottish kingship vis-à-vis England, the papacy's recognition of the independence of the Scottish Church, and the idea of Scottish freedom. He also sheds new light on the authorship of John of Fordun's chronicle, the first full-scale history of the Scots, and offers an historical explanation of the inability to distinguish between England and Britain. Broun situates his history in the wider context of ideas of ultimate secular power in Britain and Ireland and the construction of national histories in this period.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780748623600
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • Publication date: 8/21/2007
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dauvit Broun teaches medieval Scottish history from the 6th to the 15th centuries at the University of Glasgow.

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Table of Contents


Preface and Acknowledgements     vii
List of Abbreviations     x
Map     xiii
Genealogical Table     xiv
Introduction     1
The Idea of Britain
Ancient Kingdoms and Island Histories     37
Alba as 'Britain' after 900 and the Pictish Antecedents of the Kingdom of the Scots     71
Independence
The Church and the Beginning of Scottish Independence     101
Whose Independence? Bishop Jocelin of Glasgow (1175-99) and the Achievement of Ecclesiastical Freedom     124
Sovereign Kingship
The Inauguration of Alexander III (1249) and the Portrayal of Scotland as a Sovereign Kingdom     161
From Client King to Sovereign     189
National History
The Principal Source used by John of Fordun for his Chronicle of the Scottish People     215
The Scots as Ancient and Free: 'Proto-Fordun', 'Veremundus' and the Creation of Scottish History     235
Conclusion: from British Identity to Scottish Nation     271
Bibliography of Works Cited     285
Index     307
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