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Scottish Independence and the Idea of Britain
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Scottish Independence and the Idea of Britain: From the Picts to Alexander III

Dauvit Broun


When did Scots first think of Scotland as an independent kingdom? What did they think was Scotland's place in Britain before the age of Wallace and Bruce? The answers argued in this book offer a fresh perspective on the question of Scotland's relationship with Britain. It challenges the standard concept of the Scots as an ancient nation whose British identity only emerged in the early modern era, but also provides new evidence that the idea of Scotland as an independent kingdom was older than the age of Wallace and Bruce. This leads to radical reassessments of a range of fundamental issues: th ... More

Keywords: Scotland, Britain, Pictish identity, Alba, Scottish kingship, England, papacy, Scottish Church, John of Fordun, national histories

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780748623600
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623600.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dauvit Broun, author