Rethinking the Renaissance and Reformation in Scotland
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312 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

2 b/w illus.

Series: St Andrews Studies in Scottish History

Series Vol. Number: 11

Imprint: Boydell Press

Rethinking the Renaissance and Reformation in Scotland

Essays in Honour of Roger A. Mason

Edited by Steven J. Reid

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This collection of essays, in honour of Professor Roger A. Mason, critically re-assesses what we understand by the terms "Renaissance" and "Reformation" in Scottish History.

Roger Mason's research in the field of pre-modern Scottish history has proved ground-breaking and iconoclastic. He recast late-medieval Stewart kingship within the framework of renaissance monarchy and Christian humanism; led the application of intellectual- and literary-historical approaches to early modern Scottish studies; and produced novel and highly influential analyses of a wide canon of key texts, from Mair's History of Greater Britain to the writings of John Knox and George Buchanan. This volume celebrates his "rethinking" of the Renaissance and Reformation in Scotland by applying the core elements of his historical approach to a broader temporal period between the fourteenth and early seventeenth centuries and to a new range of texts. Its essays, by leading scholars of pre-modern Scotland, explore aspects of the cultural transition from medieval to renaissance, the role of historical memory in defining and redefining Scottish identity, the interface between literature, politics and religion in a period of confessional strife and, above all, the importance of ideas in shaping the political and religious outlook of pre-modern Scots.
Acknowledgements
Contributors
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Part I: Memory and Identity: Mason and the Historians
Introduction: Re-thinking the Renaissance and Reformation in Scotland: Roger A. Mason's Work and Legacy - Steven J. Reid
1. Contesting the Reformation: Roger Mason's ('sufficiently plausible') debt to David Hay Fleming and Andrew Lang - Catriona M.M. Macdonald

Part II: Kingship and Political Culture: From Medieval to Renaissance
2. A New Perspective on John of Fordun's Chronica Gentis Scotorum as a Medieval 'national history' - Dauvit Broun
3. 'A Traitor to the Kingdom': Robert Bruce and the Use of Treason in Fourteenth-Century Scotland - Michael H. Brown

4. James and John: James I (1406-37), Monastic Reform, Kingship, and the Cult of John the Baptist - Stephen Boardman
5. Sent Abroad to Talk for Their Country: Two Examples of Early Scottish Humanist Diplomacy - Nicola Royan
6. 'O wretched king!': Ireland, Denmark-Norway, and Kingship in the Reign of James V - Alison Cathcart

Part III: Literature, Politics and Religion: Renaissance and Reformation
7. 'The Time of Reformation': The Evolution of Early Modern Protestant Memories of the Scottish Reformation - Bess Rhodes
8. James and John: the Stormy Relationship between James Stewart, Regent Moray and John Knox - Jane E. A. Dawson
9. A Disciple of Buchanan in the Marian Civil War: Thomas Maitland's 'The Consecration of James VI, King of Scots' ('Jacobi VI, Scotorum Regis Inauguratio') - Steven J. Reid
10. "Long lyf and welth vith veilfair and great gloir": New Year and the Giving of Advice at the Stewart Court - Kate McClune
11. John Leslie, Bishop of Ross, and the Design of Mary, Queen of Scot's Defence - Tricia A. McElroy
12. Alexander Hume's Hymnes or Sacred Songs - Joanna Martin
13. The Dutch in Scotland: The Diplomatic Visit of the States General upon the Baptism of Prince Henry - Esther Mijers

Afterword: The Renaissance of Roger Mason - Sally Mapstone

Roger A. Mason: A Select Bibliography
Index

STEVEN J. REID is Professor of Early Modern Scottish History and Culture at the University of Glasgow, UK.

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Title Details

312 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

2 b/w illus.

Series: St Andrews Studies in Scottish History

Series Vol. Number: 11

Imprint: Boydell Press