Download PDF by Richard Oram: Alexander II: King of Scots 1214-1249

By Richard Oram

ISBN-10: 1904607926

ISBN-13: 9781904607922

by means of equivalent degree state-builder and political unifier and ruthless opportunist and bloody-handed aggressor, Alexander II has been praised or vilified through prior historians yet has hardly ever been considered within the around. This e-book explores the king's successes and screw ups, supplying a clean review of his contribution to the making of Scotland as a country. It lifts the point of interest from an introspective nationwide heritage to examine the guy and his nation in wider British and eu historical past, analyzing his foreign relationships and providing the 1st specified research of the efforts to determine a long-lasting diplomatic strategy to Anglo-Scottish clash over his inherited claims to the northern counties of britain. greater than only a political narrative, the e-book additionally seeks to light up points of the king's personality and his relationships with these round him, particularly his mom, his first spouse Joan Plantagenet, and the good magnates, clerics and officers who served in his family and management. The booklet illustrates the strategies wherein the mosaic of petty principalities and rival power-bases that lined the map of past due 12th-century Scotland had develop into by way of the mid-13th century a unified country, hybrid in culture(s) and multilingual yet acknowledging a typical id as Scots.

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