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Domination and Lordship: Scotland, 1070-1230 (New Edinburgh History of Scotland) [Paperback]

Richard Oram
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21 Feb 2011 New Edinburgh History of Scotland
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. Part I explores the transition from the Gaelic kingship of Alba into the hybridised medieval state and traces Scotland's role as both dominated and dominator. It examines the redefinition of relationships with England, Gaelic magnates within Scotland's traditional territorial heartland and with autonomous/independent mainland and insular powers. These interrelationships form the central theme of an exploration of the struggle for political domination of the northern mainland of Britain and the adjacent islands, the mechanisms through which that domination was projected and expressed, and the manner of its expression. Part II is a thematic exploration of central aspects of the society and culture of late eleventh- to early thirteenth-century Scotland which gave character and substance to the emerging kingdom. It considers the evolutionary growth of Scottish economic structures, changes in the management of land-based resources, and the manner in which secular power and authority were acquired and exercised. These themes are developed in discussions of the emergence of urban communities and in the creation of a new noble class in the twelfth century. Religion is examined both in terms of the development of the Church as an institution and through the religious experience of the lay population.
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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press (21 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0748614974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0748614974
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 16.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Richard Oram is Professor of Medieval and Environmental History and Director of the Centre for Environmental History at the University of Stirling --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Scotland's Formative Years Analysed 20 Sep 2011
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Domination and Lordship by Richard Oram is the chronologically third book in the New Edinburgh History of Scotland series. It covers the period from marriage of Malcolm III to Margaret of Wessex through the reigns of his successors including Alexander I and David. The period concludes with the defeat of the rival lineage of MacWilliams that apparently cemented the Scottish royal line. Oram's work includes the traditional king-based narrative of battle and conquest, diplomacy and personality. This narrative is supplemented by discussions of the structures of authority in Scotland during the period, economic and cultural changes in urban and rural life, and a narrative on the development of the Scottish church.

The traditional king-based narrative takes up nearly the first half of the book. Oram paints a picture of the Scottish world as it existed in 1070 and the relationship Scotland had with the families to the south. The 1070 starting point is of significant interest coming just a couple of years after the Norman invasion of England. That Malcolm III made a point of marrying Margaret of Wessex so soon after the fall of Wessex from power in England is in itself fascinating. It is arguable that Margaret's arrival in Scotland is the catalyst for the cultural change that eventually led to the defeat of Gaeldom by English influences. Oram is clear that Margaret's role is key but does not call for her arrival as a defining feature of future Scottishness. He balances both sides of the argument and comes down firmly in the middle.

The most prominent monarch of the era was David I. David I's term of office is a period of expansion and success.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and detailed book 17 Jan 2012
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The previous reviews give a good overview of the book, so
I would just add the following:

1) The maps are useful but seem to have been added
as an afterthought - they are not referenced from the text
nor do they cover all the places mentioned.
(This comment also applies to Volumes 1 and 2 in the series).

2) Volume 2 in the series finishes with Mael Coluim son of Donnchad
king of Alba, while Volume 3 starts with Malcolm III king of Scotland.
It is the same person. A shame one or other book
does not include an explanation for this change in nomenclature.

These points aside, the book is very interesting and detailed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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.
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