IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1505: The Community of the Realm in Scotland, 1249-1424: History, Law, and Charters in a Recreated Kingdom, I - Thinking through the Longue Durée

Thursday 9 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:AHRC Project 'The Community of the Realm in Scotland, 1249-1424'
Organiser:Stephen Boardman, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
Moderator/Chair:Dauvit Broun, School of Humanities (History), University of Glasgow
Paper 1505-aThe Legacies of Robert I
(Language: English)
Stephen Boardman, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Mentalities, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1505-bPolitical Community and Authority in Scottish Royal Charters, 1249-1371
(Language: English)
Matthew H. Hammond, Department of History, King's College London
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Charters and Diplomatics, Law, Political Thought
Paper 1505-cThe Creation of Legal Antiquity in Late Medieval Scotland
(Language: English)
Alice Taylor, Department of History, King's College London
Index terms: Law, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

The session looks at the most important legacies of Robert I’s kingship and traces the way that the king’s image and reputation, and the legal and administrative changes he fostered, developed and evolved across the late medieval period. It explores: the way in which Robert’s reputation was moulded and exploited by his 14th- and 15th-century successors in the political, social, and military spheres; examines the impact of Bruce’s governmental and legal innovations on the development of ideas of community and royal authority as expressed in royal charters over the same period; outlines the critical role the king and his administrators played in projects designed to create a sense of legal antiquity and legal identity within the realm.