This book examines the ordinary, routine, daily behaviour, experiences and beliefs of people in Scotland from the earliest times to 1600. Its purpose is to discover the character of everyday life in Scotland over time and to do so, where possible, within a comparative context. Its focus is on the mundane, but at the same time it takes heed of the people’s experience of wars, famine, environmental disaster and other major causes of disturbance, and assesses the effects of longer-term processes of change in religion, politics, and economic and social affairs. In showing how the extraordinary impinged on the everyday, the book draws on every possible kind of evidence including a diverse range of documentary sources, artefactual, environmental and archaeological material, and the published work of many disciplines. The authors explore the lives of all the people of Scotland and provide unique insights into how the experience of daily life varied across time according to rank, class, gender, age, religion and ethnic group. They look at the contextual nature of everyday experience and consider how this was shaped by national, regional and tribal considerations. They reveal the variations between Highland and Lowland, the Western Isles and the Northern Isles, inland and coastal, and urban and rural. They examine the role played by language, whether Gaelic, Welsh, English, Pictish, Norse, Latin or Scots. The book shows the distinctively Scottish aspects of diurnal life and how, through trading and contact with migrants, the lives of Scots were affected by other cultures and nations. Taken as a whole it represents a new way of looking at medieval Scotland and has implications and relevance for historians and their public across the discipline. ; This book examines the ordinary, routine, daily behaviour, experiences and beliefs of people in Scotland from the earliest times to 1600. ; Contents List of Figures Series Editors' Forward Christopher A. Whatley and Elizabeth Foyster Introduction: Everyday Life in Medieval Scotland Edward J. Cowan and Lizanne Henderson Chapter 1. Landscape and People Fiona Watson Chapter 2. The Worldview of Scottish Vikings in the Age of the Sagas Edward J. Cowan Chapter 3. Sacred and Banal: The Discovery of Everyday Medieval Material Culture Jenny Shiels and Stuart Campbell Chapter 4. The Family David Sellar Chapter 5. 'Hamperit in ane hony came': Sights, Sounds and Smells in the Medieval Town Elizabeth Ewan Chapter 6. Playtime Everday: The Material Culture of Medieval Gaming Mark Hall Chapter 7. Women of Independence in Barbour's Bruce and Blind Harry's Wallace Rebecca Boorsma Chapter 8. Everyday Life in the Histories of Scotland from Walter Bower to George Buchanan Nicola Royan Chapter 9. Disease, Death and the Hereafter in Medieval Scotland Richard D. Oram Chapter 10. 'Detestable Slaves of the Devil': Changing Ideas about Witchcraft in Sixteenth-Century Scotland Lizanne Henderson Chapter 11. Glasgwegians: The First One Thousand Years Edward J. Cowan Chapter 12. Marian Devotion in Scotland and the Shrine of Loreto Audrey-Beth Fitch Annotated Bibliography Notes on the Contributors Index
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In sum, this volume represents a highly original and engaging ‘take’ on everyday history in which literature more than any other body of source-material occupies centre-stage. As a result, it is not only a major achievement for Scottish medieval history, but a work that anyone interested in what is meant by the history of the everyday will want to read and discuss. - Journal of Historical Studies, Vol 34, No 1
Edward J. Cowan, Emeritus Professor, formerly Professor of Scottish History at the University of Glasgow and Director of the university’s Dumfries Campus, previously taught at the Universities of Edinburgh and Guelph, Ontario. A fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, he is much in demand as a speaker, journalist and broadcaster and has been a Visiting Professor in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US. His most recent publications are The Wallace Book (revised edition 2010), For Freedom Alone: The Declaration of Arbroath 1320 (revised edition 2008), and Folk in Print: Scotland’s Chapbook Heritage (2007). He is currently working on a book on The Arctic Scots.; Lizanne Henderson is Lecturer in History at the University of Glasgow. She is the author of Fantastical Imaginations: The Supernatural in Scottish History and Culture (2009) and co-author, with Edward J. Cowan, of Scottish Fairy Belief: A History (2007).