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Kings, Lords and Men in Scotland and Britain, 1300–1625Essays in Honour of Jenny Wormald$
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Steve Boardman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748691500

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748691500.001.0001

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Lords and Women, Women as Lords: The Career of Margaret Stewart, Countess of Angus and Mar, c.1354-c.1418

Lords and Women, Women as Lords: The Career of Margaret Stewart, Countess of Angus and Mar, c.1354-c.1418

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(p.37) Chapter 2 Lords and Women, Women as Lords: The Career of Margaret Stewart, Countess of Angus and Mar, c.1354-c.1418
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Kings, Lords and Men in Scotland and Britain, 1300–1625
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Steve Boardman

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748691500.003.0003

The most important and compelling political, social and juridical ties in late medieval Scotland are commonly held to be those between male kinsmen who presented themselves as part of a group bound together by common descent from a distant (or recent) ancestor. The mutual obligations placed on members of a male descent lineage have been illuminated by Jenny Wormald. This chapter explores the rather different set of obligations established through marriage, motherhood and female kinship. It is argued that in many cases these ties were at least as important in determining an individual’s circle of friends, allies and ‘partakers’ as the links provided by male kinship. The remarkable career of Margaret Stewart, countess of Angus and Mar, acts as a case study.

Keywords:   kinship, marriage, chivalry, lordship

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