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Domination and Lordship

Scotland, 1070-1230

Richard Oram

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This volume centres upon the era conventionally labelled the 'Making of the kingdom', or the 'Anglo-Norman' era in Scottish history. It seeks a balance between traditional historiographical concentration on the 'feudalisation' of Scottish society as part of the wholesale importation of alien cultural traditions by a 'modernising' monarchy and more recent emphasis on the continuing vitality and centrality of Gaelic culture and traditions within the twelfth- and early thirteenth-century kingdom.

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Introduction: Scotland in 1070
PART 1 Narratives
Chapter 1 Out with the Old (1070-1093)
Chapter 2 Kings and pretenders (1093-1136)
Chapter 3 Building the Scoto-Northumbrian Realm (1136-1157)
Chapter 4 Under the Angevin Supremacy (1157-1189)
Chapter 5 Settling the Succession (1189-1230)
PART 2 Processes
Chapter 6 Power
Chapter 7 Re-working Old Patterns: Rural landscapes and societies
Chapter 8 Towns, Burghs and Burgesses
Chapter 9 Nobles
Chapter 10 The Making of the Ecclesia Scoticana
Guide to Further Reading

About the Author

Richard Oram is Professor of Medieval and Environmental History and Director of the Centre for Environmental History at the University of Stirling


When I was young I thought that Scotland always existed. This book explains how Norse, Gaels, English and Normans all contributed to the long messy birth of a nation. Not sure why it ends at 1230 given that the English border was established in 1237 and there is a slight bias towards the lives of the nobility, skewed no doubt by the surviving documents but this is how I like my history, a dense academic text that is not a quick read but worth the effort. Enlivened by snippets like the self destructive hamlet of Eldbotle you get drawn into the medieval world. Battle and skirmish, marriage and treaty, church and clan, kings and lords, the author blends all this into a comprehensive, informative and enjoyable read.
- morrisonif, Amazon
It is an important, authoritative work, based on a wide range of primary sources and an extensive bibliography of books and articles. It will stand the test of time.
- Northern History
'There is much here that is worthwhile. This is particularly true of the first half of the book, where the political narrative has many high points, as well as the thematic chapters which make the most of Oram’s personal expertise, namely those on rural change and burghs.'
- Matthew Hammond, The Scottish Historical Review

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