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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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Late Medieval Scotland and the Matter of Britain

Late Medieval Scotland and the Matter of Britain

(p.46) (p.47) Chapter 3 Late Medieval Scotland and the Matter of Britain
Scottish History

Steve Boardman

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter investigates the ways in which late medieval Scottish chroniclers accommodated the Brut legends and the stories of Arthur. Both represented English imperialist propaganda and were, potentially at least, virulently anti-Scottish. But Scottish chroniclers confidently assimilated such material while with equal certitude they cannily traced the royal line of Scotland through St Margaret to the kingship of Edward the Confessor.

Keywords:   late medieval Scottish chroniclers, Brut legends, Arthur, English imperialist propaganda, St Margaret, Edward the Confessor

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