The Charters of David I

August 1999
20 black and white illustrations
220 pages
27.6x21.9 cm
ISBN: 9780851157313
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BISAC HIS010000, HIS015000

The Charters of David I

The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53, and of his son Henry, Earl of Northumberland, 1139-52

Edited by G.W.S. Barrow

Official documents issued under David I illustrate Scotland's transformation into a feudally-organised kingdom open to English and European influences.
David I was one of the most renowned rulers of western Europe of his time; his reign saw the transformation of Scotland into a feudally-organised kingdom open to a large variety of influences from England and Europe. This edition, the first for over ninety years, brings together all the known surviving official documents (charters, letters, administrative commands and so on) issued in his own name, and those of his only son Henry, effectively joint ruler with his father from c.1135 to his death in 1152. They are edited from the best manuscript sources and are provided with summaries and editorial comment. A detailed introduction analyses the form and content of the material, and the volume is completed with substantial indexes of persons, places, subjects and technical terms.
G.W.S BARROWis former Professor of Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh.
Keywords: Medieval History


Makes king David's pivotal reign much more accessible in all its dimensions... a landmark work of British charter scholarship. SCOTTISH HISTORICAL REVIEW High time a fresh look was taken... an essential purchase for historians of Scotland, for those concerned with English history, especially Stephen's reign, and those more generally interested in medieval kingship. ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW Edition superbe... C'est une oeuvre tres precieuse pour tous ceux qui s'interessent aux sources de l'histoire dye XIIe siecle. CAHIERS DE CIVILISATION MEDIEVALE [Marjorie Chibnall].