Representations of Authority: An Introduction

Katherine Buchanan, Lucinda H.S. Dean

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)


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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMedieval and Early Modern Representations of Authority in Scotland & the British Isles
EditorsLucinda Dean, Katherine Buchanan, Michael Penman
Place of PublicationOxon
PublisherRoutledge Press, New York.
Number of pages284
ISBN (Electronic)9781315594736
ISBN (Print)9781472424488
Publication statusPublished - May 2016


  • Historiography, representations, authority, interdisciplinary


Dive into the research topics of 'Representations of Authority: An Introduction'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this