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In The Lordship of the Isles, twelve specialists offer new insights on the rise and fall of the MacDonalds of Islay and the greatest Gaelic lordship of later medieval Scotland. Portrayed most often as either the independently-minded last great patrons of Scottish Gaelic culture or as dangerous rivals to the Stewart kings for mastery of Scotland, this collection navigates through such opposed perspectives to re-examine the politics, culture, society and connections of Highland and Hebridean Scotland from the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries. It delivers a compelling account of a land and people caught literally and figuratively between two worlds, those of the Atlantic and mainland Scotland, and of Gaelic and Anglophone culture.
Contributors are David Caldwell, Sonja Cameron, Alastair Campbell, Alison Cathcart, Colin Martin, Tom McNeill, Lachlan Nicholson, Richard Oram, Michael Penman, Alasdair Ross, Geoffrey Stell and Sarah Thomas.


Three main areas are covered within this paper: the introduction and early influence of the Dominican Order in Scotland over the thirteenth century; the late fourteenth- and early fifteenth-century association with the Stewart kings; and the prominence of the order in the late medieval wave of reform and spiritual revival down to the 1550s.

The swift spread of the Dominicans in Scotland following their introduction in the early 1230s stemmed from royal and episcopal patronage. Political influence came through the apparently close relationship between King Alexander II (1214-49) and Bishop Clement of Dunblane (1233-58) – the first Dominican to become a bishop anywhere in the British Isles – who acted both as a spiritual reformer and financial manager in his impoverished diocese and as a crown agent in the king’s expansion of his authority west into Argyll. No subsequent Dominican enjoyed such prominence in Scottish political and religious life but it had been embedded into the social and spiritual fabric of the kingdom within two decades of its arrival.

The second part of the paper looks at the re-emergence of the Dominicans as close associates of the crown in the later fourteenth century. It considers the significance of the establishment of a royal residence within the Perth Blackfriars monastery under the early Stewart kings and the spiritual role which the Perth’s Dominicans played in the royal household. How this relationship was affected by the assassination within the royal apartments at Perth of King James I (1406-37) will be considered at the end of this section.

In the final portion of the paper, the part played by the Dominicans in servicing and supporting the upsurge in popular devotions in the decades preceding Scotland’s Reformation will be examined in outline. Foundations of new Dominican houses, reform of the older ones, reinvigoration of the Order’s role in the academic curriculum within Scotland’s three medieval universities, and their growing role as guardians of orthodoxy against heresy, will provide the main strands within the discussion.

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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.
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