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Mighty Subjects : The Dunbar Earls in Scotland 1072- 1289 - Elsa Hamilton

Mighty Subjects

The Dunbar Earls in Scotland 1072- 1289

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Late in the eleventh century, Gospatric, former earl of Northumbria, was granted the fortress of Dunbar and the lands in Lothian surrounding it by Malcolm III, king of Scots. Gospatric's descendants, who came to be known as earls of Dunbar, became leading members of the Scottish aristocracy, conspicuous for their power and wealth as lords of vast estates in south-east Scotland and beyond. Drawing on the evidence of their charters and contemporary chronicles, this book spans the careers of seven successive earls at Dunbar from the period of the Norman Conquest of England to the eve of the Scottish Wars of Independence. It recreates and analyses the Dunbar lordship in twelfth- and thirteenth-century Scotland, exploring the landscape and the economy of the earldom, the web of human relationships within and out with the family, the tugs-of-war with the Church. There are traces of long-vanished castles, echoes of battle and fleeting glimpses of crusade and tournament and siege. This is a story of a great family in the evolving kingdom of the Scots, cross-border lords who gave unambiguous allegiance to the Scottish Crown, mighty subjects of successive Scottish kings.

List of Maps and Plates Preface Acknowledgements Conventions Abbreviations Genealogical Tables Prologue Part 1: The Establishment of the Dynasty of Gospatric and of the Earldom of Dunbar (c.1072-1182) 1. The First Gospatric, Earl of Northumbria: From Bamburgh to Dunbar (c.1072) 2. The First and Second Gospatrics: Father and Son, The Hidden Years (post-c.1072) 3. The Second Gospatric: Earl Gospatric, the Brother of Dolfin (d. c.1138) 4. The Third Gospatric: Earl Gospatric, Father of Waltheof, Magnate and Entrepreneur (c.1138-66) 5. The Third Gospatric: Earl Gospatric, Benefactor of the Church and Founder of Coldstream Priory (c.1138-66) 6. Earl Waltheof: Lord of the Dunbar Estate and Counsellor to the King (1166-82) Part 2: The Earldom of Dunbar in the Time of Patrick I (1182-1232) 7. The Earldom of Patrick I in the Reign of William I: The Years 1182-1214 8. The Structures and Symbols of Lordship 9. The Earl's Family 10. The Earl's Lands and People 11. The Earl and the Church: Benefaction, Cooperation and Conflict 12. The Earldom of Patrick I in the Reign of Alexander II: The Years 1214-32 Part 3: The Earldom of Dunbar in the Thirteenth Century (1232-89) 13. Patrick II: The King's Loyal Knight: The Years 1232-45 14. Patrick II: Social and Economic Changes in the Earldom 15. Patrick II: The Military Leader and Crusader 16. Patrick III: A Leader in Government 17. Patrick III: A Territorial Lord 18. Patrick III: An Establishment Figure Epilogue Maps Map 1. Map of Eighth-century Northumbria Map 2. Map of Cumbria Map 3. The Shire of Dunbar Map 4. Map of Dunbar Lands Map 5. Dunbar Lands in England Map 6. Coldstream Estate Bibliography Index

ISBN: 9781904607946
ISBN-10: 1904607942
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 301
Published: 1st October 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52