IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 804: Reframing the Legal and Historical Past in Late Medieval Scotland

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:AHRC Project 'The Community of the Realm in Scotland, 1249-1424: History, Law & Charters in a Recreated Kingdom'
Organiser:Alice Taylor, Department of History, King's College London
Moderator/Chair:Alice Taylor, Department of History, King's College London
Paper 804-aA New Chronicle of the Wars of Independence
(Language: English)
Dauvit Broun, School of Humanities (History), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 804-bDefenders of the Realm or Wolves of War?: Condemnation of Magnate Violence in 14th-Century Scotland
(Language: English)
Stephen Boardman, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Mentalities, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 804-cRegiam Maiestatem: The Manuscript Tradition of Scotland's Earliest Legal Treatise
(Language: English)
John Reuben Davies, School of Humanities (History), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Law, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

This session explores how the legal and historical past of medieval Scotland was reframed and retold in the 14th and 15th centuries. The first two papers will use recently discovered and identified chronicles to understand how chroniclers represented the first phase of the ‘Wars of Independence’, often while writing at a time of war themselves. The last paper will show how innovative methods of creating a digital edition will transform our understanding of the forms and functions of Regiam Majestatem. Regiam Maiestatem, the first connected and structured account of the laws of the kingdom of the Scots, transformed in structure and content over the late medieval period presenting subtly different representations of the kingdom’s laws and legal community.