New Perspectives Conference – 23 August 2013

New perspectives on the Scottish Wars of Independence: Scotland and the governance of England in the thirteenth century

A free conference marking the end of the ‘Breaking of Britain’ AHRC-funded project (see for details).


Friday 23 August

Senate Room, Gilbert Scott Building, Univ. of Glasgow

9.30 Registration

9.45 Preliminaries

Part I: Setting the scene


Chair: Keith Stringer

Dauvit Broun, ‘English history as background to the Scottish Wars of Independence’.

Beth Hartland, ‘The People of Northern England database [PoNE]: Cumberland, Westmorland and Northumberland, 1216–1286’.


11.00–11.30: Teas & coffees


Part II: Government and people in Northern England


Chair: Keith Stringer

David Carpenter, ‘The King’s Government in Northern England in the thirteenth century’.

Richard Cassidy, ‘Sheriffs, kings and rebels in Cumberland and Northumberland’.


12.30–14.00: Sandwich lunch and book launch:

Matthew Hammond (ed.), New Perspectives on Medieval Scotland 1093–1286 (The Boydell Press)

Forms will also be available for a discount on the paperback publication of Dauvit Broun, Scottish Independence and the Idea of Britain from the Picts to Alexander III (EUP; hbk 2007), which is published today.


Part III: English politics in Scotland


Chair: Matthew Hammond

John Reuben Davies, ‘England in the Chronicle of Melrose’.

Fergus Oakes, ‘Alexander III and the Barons’ Wars’.


15.00–15.30: Teas & coffees


Part IV: Law and political ideas in the construction of Scottish independence


Chair: Matthew Hammond

Sophie Ambler, ‘The Montfortian revolution and Scottish political thought’.

Sarah Tebbit, ‘The legal context of the formulation of nationhood in early fourteenth-century Scottish texts’.



Registration is available at If you are interested in lunch and teas/coffee, you will need to register no later than Monday 19 August.


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