IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 528: Saints in an Age of War: Anglo-Scottish Relations and the Cult of Saints, c. 1350-c. 1450

Tuesday 10 July 2012, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Historical Cultural Sciences Research Unit, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz
Organiser:Jörg Rogge, Historisches Seminar, Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Moderator/Chair:Jörg Rogge, Historisches Seminar, Mittelalterliche Geschichte, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Paper 528-aThe Impact of Bridget of Sweden on Walter Bower's Scotichronicon
(Language: English)
Davina Brückner, Historische Kulturwissenschaften, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Index terms: Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy, Religious Life
Paper 528-bThe Cult of St Ninian in 15th-Century England
(Language: English)
Thomas J. M. Turpie, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy, Religious Life
Paper 528-cSt Ninian in the Scottish Legendary
(Language: English)
Stephen Boardman, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Hagiography, Historiography - Medieval, Politics and Diplomacy, Religious Life
Abstract

The wars between the realms of England and Scotland in the later middle Ages are not fully explained by referring to the battles or the raids in the border regions. The war was also fought through other means. Both sides used, for example, historical and juridical arguments to legitimize their claims for independence (Scots) or suzerainty (English) respectively. The session intends to investigate another possibility that was used to define their position, that is to say the recourse to hagiography. The lives and supposed interventions of saints could become – or was made – an argument in the strife between the two realms. Therefore the papers will examine how English and Scottish writers used examples of saintly approval or disapproval in order to justify political claims.