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Title: The court and household of James I of Scotland, 1424-1437
Author: Scott, Nicola R.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2683 4812
Awarding Body: University of Stirling
Current Institution: University of Stirling
Date of Award: 2007
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This thesis examines the importance of the royal court and household in Scotland during the reign of James I (1424-37). The medieval royal court and household has received little concentrated attention in recent Scottish studies. However, a significant body of published research exists elsewhere in Britain and Europe which shows the importance of this arena for other kingdoms at this time. These studies have emphasised how the court and household was an important centre for politics and culture in the medieval period, indicating how a similar study of the Scottish evidence is essential for a fuller understanding of James I’s reign. Through a variety of sources, the composition of James’s household and court affinity has been examined. It is evident from this that James lacked an appropriate body of companions and high-status administrative officers for a medieval ruler and this was to have significant consequences for his reign. Additionally, by looking at some of the cultural aspects of the royal court, in particular the architecture, literature and religion, a clearer picture of the socio-political dynamics and tensions of James I’s reign emerges. In contrast to the generally held view of James as a politically successful, strong and active monarch for much of his reign, this study instead indicates a king who failed to establish an attractive and useful court and household that could be exploited for royal political gain. With his failure to establish a suitable court and household, James was a king incomplete and it is the contention that this contributed significantly to the king’s assassination.
Supervisor: Penman, Michael A. ; Oram, Richard D. Sponsor: Arts and Humanities Research Council
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: James I ; Royal court ; Royal Household ; Architecture ; Literature ; Royal devotion ; James I, King of Scotland 1394-1437 ; Courts and courtiers Scotland ; Scotland History James I, 1406-1437 ; Royal households Scotland ; Scotland Politics and government 15th century