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E6: The charters of Robert I

E6: The charters of Robert I

November 10, 2019

Matthew Hammond introduces the corpus of Robert I's charters, explaining what they can (and can't) tell us about his reign. 

NLS, Charter no. 242 (Robert confirms a quitclaim of land in Angus, saving his service, issued in 1322)

Image (c) National Library of Scotland and reproduced with permission

E5: The 1318 legislation

E5: The 1318 legislation

October 28, 2019

Alice Taylor takes us through the earliest piece of legislation to have survived from the parliament of Scone, issued at Scone in December 1318.

For a translation of the 1318 legislation, visit: http://www.rps.ac.uk/trans/1318

Image (NLS, MS 34.4.2: Registrum Vetus of Arbroath Abbey) 

E4: The Irish Remonstrance

E4: The Irish Remonstrance

October 14, 2019

Steve Boardman takes us through the fascinating Irish Remonstrance, supposedly written by the king of Ulster in support of Edward Bruce's short-lived kingship of Ireland (and in defence of his campaigns in Ireland), and preserved within two histories of the Scots.  

BONUS EPISODE: The Declaration of Arbroath - Pluscarden versions

BONUS EPISODE: The Declaration of Arbroath - Pluscarden versions

October 7, 2019

Dauvit Broun introduces the fascinating 'Book of Pluscarden', completed in 1461, whose unknown author included TWO copies of the Declaration of Arbroath and rewrote them in different ways. What did he change and why might he have done so? 

For the 'teaser' of the project's dynamic edition, which will show how the Declaration has been rewritten over time, see https://cotr.ac.uk/dynamic-arbroath/

E3: Regiam Maiestatem

E3: Regiam Maiestatem

September 30, 2019

Alice Taylor introduces us to the mysterious 'Regiam Maiestatem', the book of (supposedly) Scottish law (probably) compiled in Robert's reign which, by 1426, had become one of the main books of 'ancient law' in the kingdom. Join us to find out more about the mystery!

Episode artwork: Initial 'R' from the Regiam Maiestatem in the Bute manuscript, National Library of Scotland, MS 21246, fo. 27r.

E2: Barbour’s Bruce

E2: Barbour’s Bruce

September 16, 2019

Steve Boardman takes us through Barbour's Bruce, the epic poem written generations after Bruce's death, and starting point for all later discussion of who Bruce and why he did what he did.

The image is from a 14th-century MS from a treatise of the Seven Vices from Genoa, now British Library, Additional MS 28841, f. 6r. Because of the spider!

E1: The Declaration of Arbroath

E1: The Declaration of Arbroath

August 13, 2019

Dauvit Broun takes us through the letter written by the Scottish 'community of the realm' to Pope John XXII in 1320, explaining how, why and when it became incorporated into the later medieval history of the Scots.

For the Declaration at the NRS: https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/research/learning/features/the-declaration-of-arbroath