Scottish Episcopal Acta
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494 Pages

21.6 x 13.8 cm

Series: Scottish History Society 6th Series

Imprint: Scottish History Society

Scottish Episcopal Acta

Volume I: The Twelfth Century

Edited by Norman F. Shead

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First modern edition of the Acta of medieval Scottish bishops, with full notes and introduction.
This book brings together for the first time all 260 surviving documents issued by, or in the name of, all the Scottish bishops of the twelfth century, when written acta first appear in Scotland. Every Latin text is printed in full, preceded by an English summary and followed by an explanation of the date ascribed to each document and, where appropriate, textual notes and comments. Originals are described in detail: endorsement, physical condition and seal. The sources are archives in Scotland and England, the Archives Nationales, the muniments of four private owners and the copies made by antiquaries in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The introduction provides the first account of the diplomatic of the bishops' acta, and (other than individual biographies) of the role of the episcopate in twelfth-century Scotland.

Overall, the volume is a mine of information on the activities of bishops, the personnel of episcopal households, landholding, economic activity, early burghs, the parochial system, the settlement of disputes, and the bishops' relations with other great men of the realm, the papacy and religious houses, and the bishops as founders and builders.

Norman F. Shead is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow,
Introduction
Tables
Bibliography
List of Sources
Editorial Method
Aberdeen
Brechin
Caithness
Dunblane
Dunkeld
Galloway
Glasgow
Moray
St Andrews
Lost Acta
Index of persons and places
Index of subjects

NORMAN F. SHEAD is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow.

"Shead's sophisticated editorial and creative skills are apparent in every page of this book, nowhere more than in the information that he teases out of a very modest corpus of source material." SPECULUM
"It is exceedingly useful to have these charters collected in one place. Historians of Scotland and its neighbors in the Anglo-Norman/Angevin world will want to acquire Shead's edition and closely study its contents." READING RELIGION
"An important contribution to the history of the medieval Scottish Church which should be a standard work of reference for ecclesiastical historians as well as historians of Scotland." INNES REVIEW
"A great addition to various fields from church history to parochial history as well as legal and socio-political studies of twelfth-century Scotland." SEHEPUNKTE

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9780906245408

March 2016

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Title Details

494 Pages

2.16 x 1.38 cm

Series: Scottish History Society 6th Series

Imprint: Scottish History Society