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The Shape of the State in Medieval Scotland, 1124–1290

Alice Taylor


This is the first full-length study of Scottish royal government in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries ever to have been written. It uses the untapped legal evidence to set out a new narrative of governmental development. For the first half of the twelfth century, kings ruled primarily through personal relationships and patronage but through administrative and judicial officers only in the south of their kingdom. In the second half of the twelfth century, these officers spread north yet it was only in the late twelfth century that kings routinely ruled through institutions, and, even as they ... More

Keywords: Scotland, government, law, medieval states, justice and administration, common law, patronage, gift-giving, charters and diplomatic, feudalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198749202
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198749202.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alice Taylor, author
Lecturer in Medieval History, King's College London