Kingship, the Kingdom, and Identity: Scotland in the Thirteenth Century
On this page
The module aims:
- To gain an understanding of the development and nature of Scotland’s monarchy and government in the important period immediately before the disruption of the Wars of Independence.
- To assess the adequacy of the frequently-used description of this period as Scotland’s ‘golden age’.
- To enquire into the extent to which Scotland could be said to have developed a ‘national identity’ before the end of the reign of Alexander III (1249 – 86).
- To place these issues in an international context, and particularly that of Anglo-Scottish relations.
- To consider how historiographical traditions may have distorted our understanding of this period.
The module will cover the following broad areas:
- Scotland’s distinct and distinctive kingship.
- The growth of government.
- Was there an ‘Anglo-Norman Era’ in Scottish history?
- Was the 13th century a ‘golden age’? Economy and society.
- Questions of identity.
- History and mythology: aspects of the historiography of medieval Scotland.
Coursework (100%) consisting of:
- 55% Essay (4,000 words)
- 30% Assessed Tasks (2 short essays of c. 1000 words each)
15% Module Journal (c. 500 words every 2 weeks)
Dr Craig Gauld