Outlaws of Medieval Scotland

Challenges to the Canmore Kings 1058 - 1266

By R. Andrew McDonald

Format: Paperback

Tells the story of rebel leaders based in north-west Scotland and the Isles who opposed the Scottish kings.

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The history of the so-called Canmore kings in Scotland, from the reign of Malcolm lll (1058-1093) down to that of Alexander lll (1249-1286), is marked by an array of insurrections led by discontented dynasts and native warlords with grievances against these kings. Although none of the challenges ultimately proved successful, they nevertheless form a much-neglected theme across a formative era of Scottish history, which they in part define. This book demonstrates that the Canmore kings maintained their grip on power in large measure through crushing rivals and quashing numerous insurrections; their claim to be the founders of the medieval kingdom is valid, but the roles of violence and military confrontations in the consolidation of their power and the formation of the medieval kingdom are given new emphasis here.

From well-known events like the invasion of Somerled of Argyll in 1164 to lesser-known challenges like that from Donald MacWillliam in the 1180s, the book offers a systematic exploration of the leaders of insurrection, their aims and motivations, their military capabilities, and the reasons behind their failure as well as the overall impact of insurrection upon the Scottish kingdom.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 7 Mar 2016
ISBN 9781910900000
Number of Pages 202

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