Partners in Rule – Positioning Queen Joan as Second Person of the Realm?

Partners in Rule. Positioning Queen Joan as Second Person of the Realm? Dr Lucy Dean Centre for History, University of the Highlands and Islands.   James I and Joan Beaufort were married in February 1424 in a ceremony presided over by Henry Beaufort, bishop of Winchester. Beaufort was later chancellor of England and was a…

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The Return of the King (Part 1) – The Cost of Accession

The Return of the King Part 1 The Cost of Accession. Professor Richard Oram.   596 years ago this week, final preparations were being made at Durham for the final return of James I to Scotland after eighteen years of captivity in England. The treaty which settled the terms for his release, including what was…

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Verneuil: Defeat for the Scots but Victory for King James?

Verneuil: Defeat for the Scots but Victory for King James? Professor Richard Oram. Just as James was starting on the final leg of his journey home to Scotland in early April 1424, his cousin John Stewart, earl of Buchan, and brother-in-law Archibald, 4th earl of Douglas, were preparing their 6500-strong Scottish army to resume the…

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Plague Ships: The Price of Trade in a Time of Pestilence

Plague Ships The Price of Trade in a Time of Pestilence. Professor Richard Oram.   One of the most enduring images of the early weeks of the Covid-19 pandemic is of cruise-ships and their fear-filled passengers attempting to enter port to secure medical assistance but kept away from docking by local authorities who were equally…

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