What use is it to be given authority over men and lands if others do not know about it? Furthermore, what use is that authority if those who know about it do not respect it or recognise its jurisdiction? And what strategies and 'language' -written and spoken, visual and auditory, material, cultural and political - did those in authority throughout the medieval and early modern era use to project and make known their power? These questions have been crucial since regulations for governance entered society and are found at the core of this volume. In order to address these issues from an historical perspective, this collection of essays considers representations of authority made by a cross-section of society within the British Isles. Arranged in thematic sections, the 14 essays in the collection bridge the divide between medieval and early modern to build up understanding of the developments and continuities that can be followed across the centuries in question.
|Title of host publication||Medieval and Early Modern Representations of Authority in Scotland & the British Isles|
|Editors||Lucinda Dean, Katherine Buchanan, Michael Penman|
|Place of Publication||Oxon|
|Publisher||Routledge Press, New York.|
|Number of pages||284|
|Publication status||Published - May 2016|
- Historiography, representations, authority, interdisciplinary