The Fall of the Albany Stewarts (Part 1) – Opening Gambits

The Fall of the Albany Stewarts Part 1 Opening Gambits. Professor Richard Oram.   As Lucy highlighted in her blog, Murdac Stewart’s surrender of his seal of office as Governor of Scotland into his cousin James’s hands at Melrose Abbey was a ceremonial marking of the transfer of power in the kingdom from the Duke…

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The Fall of the Albany Stewarts (Part 3) – Checkmate

The Fall of the Albany Stewarts (Part 3) Checkmate. Professor Richard Oram.   In [1425] on 13 March the king held his second parliament at Perth, and on the ninth day he arranged the arrest of Sir Murdoch [Murdac] duke of Albany, earl of Fife and Menteith, and also of Sir Alexander Stewart, the duke’s…

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The Fall of the Albany Stewarts (Part 4) – Clearing Away the Pieces

The Fall of the Albany Stewarts (Part 4) Clearing Away the Pieces. Professor Richard Oram.   At the end of March 1425, James could look across the chessboard of his great game for mastery of Scotland with some satisfaction. The Black King and Queen, Duke Murdac and Duchess Isabella were in his hands, their castles…

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Making Scottish Kings at Scone

Making Scottish Kings at Scone Dr Lucy Dean Centre for History, University of the Highlands and Islands.   Scone was the ancient traditional site of Scottish king-making. After the death of James I in Perth in 1437 Scottish coronations occurred elsewhere – Holyrood Abbey, Kelso Abbey, Stirling Castle Chapel Royal, and the Kirk of the…

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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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