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Scottish HistoryThe Power of the Past$
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Edward J Cowan and Richard J Finlay

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780748614196

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614196.001.0001

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The Picts' Place in the Kingship's Past Before John of Fordun

The Picts' Place in the Kingship's Past Before John of Fordun

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(p.10) (p.11) Chapter 1 The Picts' Place in the Kingship's Past Before John of Fordun
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Scottish History
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Dauvit Broun

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614196.003.0001

This chapter scrutinises the role of the unfortunate Picts, who were as much of an embarrassment to medieval historians as they have proved a ‘problem’ to their modern successors. When Scots were content to trace their origins to Ireland the Picts were useful as the objects of conquest, but by the later thirteenth century they had to be integrated into the proto-history of Scotland, a feat ultimately accomplished by John of Fordun using materials assembled a century before he wrote.

Keywords:   Picts, medieval historians, Scottish history, proto-history

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