Scottish Episcopal Acta
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573 Pages

21.6 x 13.8 cm

Series: Scottish History Society 6th Series

Imprint: Scottish History Society

Scottish Episcopal Acta

Volume II: The Early Thirteenth Century, c.1200-c.1240

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 volume brings together for the first time the 244 surviving documents issued by, or in the name of, all the Scottish bishops of the early thirteenth century, building on the previously-published twelfth-century Acta. Every Latin text is printed in full, preceded by an English summary and followed by an explanation of the date ascribed to the document and, where appropriate, textual notes and comments. Originals are described in detail: endorsement, physical condition and seal. The sources are archives in Scotland, England, France and the Vatican, the muniments of several private owners, copies made by antiquaries in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and three which survive only as printed in the nineteenth century. The introduction provides an account of the diplomatic of the bishops' Acta and describes the problems and policies of thirteenth-century Scottish bishops.
This volume is a mine of information on the activities of bishops, the personnel of episcopal households, diocesan administration, the growth of papal authority, the parochial system, episcopal dealings with religious houses, especiallythe provision of vicarages, economic activity, the settlement of disputes and the bishops as builders.
Introduction: Episcopal Problems and Policies
Introduction: The Acta
Editorial Method
Sources of the Acta
Bibliography
List of Sources
Aberdeen
Brechin
Caithness
Dunblane
Dunkeld
Galloway
Glasgow
Moray
Ross
St Andrews
Lost Acta
Glossary
Index of Persons and Places
Index of Subjects

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

"Shead deserves the highest praise for laying in this volume the ground necessary for a series of new and challenging questions about the ways in which bishops administered the Scottish patrimony of Saint Peter, made and enforced the law of the church, and ministered to their flocks. This edition deserves to become a standard research aid for years to come." Speculum

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9780906245446

February 2020

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Title Details

573 Pages

2.16 x 1.38 cm

Series: Scottish History Society 6th Series

Imprint: Scottish History Society