Scotland: the making of a kingdom c.500 - 1124
The kingdom of Scotland grew from four distinct population groups - Picts, Britons, Scots and Angles - and had emerged as a nation by AD 900. We will examine the similarities and differences within these societies and the means by which the Scots came to dominate and name this land. The course will also assess the impact and spread of Christianity and how religion was utilised in the creation of Scotland. To what degree did the territorial extent of Scotland fluctuate over this period and what were the reasons why this was so? We shall examine land tenure and consider the ways in which it differed from later feudalism. Was Shakespeare's rendition of Macbeth and Duncan accurate? What was David I's background before becoming king in 1124?
- Cost: £140
- Credits: 10