: Barrell, A. D. M.
: 0521584434 052158602X 0511017200 0511150504 1139164147 0511054114 1280161752 0511310218 0511116683 1107114047 9780511017209 9780511116681 9780521584432 9780521586023 9781139164146 9780511054112 9780511150500 6610161755 9786610161751 9781107114043 9781280161759 9780511310218
: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press,
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This is a one-volume history of medieval Scotland, concentrating on the period between the middle of the eleventh century and the Reformation and taking full account of recent scholarship. It is primarily a political and ecclesiastical study, analysing the development of the institutions of the Scottish state, conflict and co-operation between the crown and the nobility, relations with external powers, the history of the church in Scotland, and the formation of a distinctive Scottish identity. The Wars of Independence are examined in their historical context, and elements of identity and change are identified across the whole period. Particular emphasis is placed upon relations between core and periphery in medieval Scotland and on the difficulties experienced by the crown in imposing royal authority in the north and west.