Plague Prevention, Social Isolation and Social Control: Policing and Breach

Plague Prevention, Social Isolation and Social Control. Policing and Breach. Professor Richard Oram.   As we are seeing in the midst of the current Covid-19 pandemic, the extraordinary conditions created during such times of societal crisis brought out the best and worst in people, as lawmakers and communities struggled to keep people safe and disease-free…

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Food Security: Dearth and Famine in Medieval Scotland

‘…And the Poor Died of Their Poverty’ Food Security Dearth and Famine in Medieval Scotland. Professor Richard Oram.   Amidst all the detail of the extravagant, conspicuous consumption of exotic food and fine wines in the court of King James I, it is easy to lose sight of the harsh realities of daily life for…

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Housing Scotland’s Parliaments in the Reign of James I

Housing Scotland’s Parliaments in the Reign of James I. Professor Richard Oram.   When we talk of parliament buildings, most folk nowadays would have a mental image of something akin to the Palace of Westminster in which the British Houses of Parliament meet, or the Capitol Building in Washington DC or the Great Hall of…

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Historian Gives New Insight Into James I’s Murder in Perth

Historian Gives New Insight Into James I’s Murder in Perth   A top Scottish historian who is researching the life of King James I has been sharing details of the Perth building in which he was assassinated. King James I of Scotland (1406-1437) was politically assassinated at the Blackfriars monastery in Perth. Professor Richard Oram…

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