A History of Everyday Life in Medieval Scotland, 1000 to 1600

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Edward J. Cowan, Lizanne Henderson
Edinburgh University Press, 2011 - History - 319 pages
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A History Of Everyday Life In Scotland

Series Editors: Christopher A. Whatley & Elizabeth Foyster

This series demonstrates how everyday routines and behaviours can open a window into the social, economic and cultural lives of ordinary Scots. Each volume examines common topics such as landscape, homes, objects, rituals, beliefs, work and leisure patterns, conflict and communication. Across the series there are some striking continuities and remarkable changes in aspects of Scottish everyday life, while the everyday is shown to be shaped by national and regional surroundings, and varied between urban and rural, highland and lowland settings. Based on the collective research of a large team of established and younger scholars, this series presents an entirely new way of looking at Scotland's past.

A History Of Everyday Life In Medieval Scotland, 1000 To 1600---Edited By Edward J. Cowan & Lizanne Henderson

What was it like to live in the medieval period? In what ways did extraordinary events affect the everyday?

The first volume in the Everyday Life series answers these questions as it opens a window on medieval Scotland from 1000 to 1600. The everyday involves all that is common to humanity from the passage of birth through to the rites of death. To date the historiography of medieval Scotland has not been greatly concerned with the familiar and the day-to-day. In fact some might claim that the topic has been entirely ignored, until now.

A strong international team of contributors draws upon a range of primary sources and published material, as well as artefactual and archaeological evidence, to present as complete a picture as possible of how people experienced life and complex issues of identity, geography, language, family and subsistence over five hundred years ago.

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About the author (2011)

Edward J. Cowan, Emeritus Professor of Scottish History at the University of Glasgow, is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is the author of The Wallace Book (2007), For Freedom Alone: The Declaration of Arbroath 1320 (2008) and Folk in Print: Scotland's Chapbook Heritage (2007).
Lizanne Henderson is Lecturer in History at the University of Glasgow. She is the author of Fantastical Imaginations: The Supernatural in Scottish History and Culture (2009) and co-author, with Edward J. Cowan, of Scottish Fairy Belief: A History (2007).

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