The Kingdom of the Scots: Government, Church and Society from the Eleventh to the Fourteenth Century

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Edinburgh University Press, 2003 - History - 366 pages
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This book explores the formative period when Scotland acquired the characteristics that enabled it to enter fully into the comity of medieval Christendom. These included a monarchy of a recognisably continental type, a feudal organisation of aristocratic landholding and military service, national boundaries, and a body of settled law and custom. By the end of the thirteenth century Scotland had a church based on territorial dioceses and parishes, centres of learning including monastic houses representing the main orders of western Europe, and thriving urban communities whose economic power counterbalanced the aristocracy's. How and to what effect these characteristics were acquired are the main subjects of the book. After the introduction eighteen chapters are divided into three parts devoted to government, church and society. The volume comprises some of the most important as well as the most consistently readable work ever published on medieval Scotland. First published in 1973, it is now reissued in an updated edition. Three additional chapters are included: on the Scots and the north of England in the time of King Stephen, on the Anglo-Scottish border in the middle ages, and on King David I and the church of Glasgow. The book also appears in paperback for the first time.

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shires and thanes
The judex
The justiciar
The AngloScottish Border
The Scots and the north of England
The royal house and the religious orders
Benedictines Tironensians and Cistercians
The clergy in the War of Independence
Rural settlement in central and eastern Scotland
The beginnings of military feudalism
Scotlands Norman families
Growth and structure of the Border
The earliest Stewarts and their lands
The highlands in the lifetime of Robert the Bruce

The clergy at St Andrews
King David I and Glasgow

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Edward D. berkowitz is professor of history and public policy and public administration at George Washington University. He is the author of eight books and the editor of three collections. During the seventies he served as a staff member of the President's Commission for a National Agenda, helping President Carter plan for a second term that never came to be.

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