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Introduction: An Overview of the Reign of Alexander II



Oram R (2005) Introduction: An Overview of the Reign of Alexander II. In: Oram RD (ed.) The Reign of Alexander II,1214-49. Northern World, 16. Leiden: Brill, pp. 1-47.

Book Description: This volume explores aspects of the political, social, cultural, economic and religious development of Scotland in the reign of King Alexander II (1214-49). It constitutes the first full-length, multi-author study of the king and his reign. The nine contributors to the volume explore issues as diverse as the historiography of the reign, Anglo-Scottish relations, Church-State relations, economy and international trade, law, aristocratic symbolism, urban development and the territorial expansion of the kingdom. This book, the first major study of a reign which saw the Scottish monarchy achieve its mastery of northern mainland Britain, is of great importance to historians of medieval Scotland and the wider British Isles. The book is illustrated with 24 colour and b/w photographs and 5 maps and plans. Show More Show Less

Alexander II; Scotland; historiography; Anglo-Scottish relations; territorial expansion; dynastic conflict; Scoto-papal relations; Scotland and Norway; Scotland and the Isles; Scotland and Ireland; crown-magnate relations

Title of seriesNorthern World
Number in series16
Publication date31/12/2005
Publisher URL
Place of publicationLeiden
ISSN of series1569-1462

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Professor Richard Oram
Professor Richard Oram

Professor, History