The King’s House at Perth

The King’s House at Perth Professor Richard Oram. Some modern descriptions of the assassination of James I in his lodgings at Perth give the impression that he and Queen Joan lived in the Dominican friary and that they took over the convent whenever they came to the town. This is not true; the medieval accounts…

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James I – Viral Infection, Medieval Infectious Diseases and Mortality

James I – Viral Infection, Medieval Infectious Diseases and Mortality Professor Richard Oram. Medical knowledge in the time of James I had no awareness of bacterial or viral infection. It was centuries yet before germ theory emerged and scientific equipment was invented that enabled microbial forms to be studied. Although surgical techniques had grown in…

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Climate Change Makes History in the Reign of James I

Climate Change Makes History in the Reign of James I. Professor Richard Oram. Although the fourteenth century, with its catalogue of wars, famines, pandemics and extreme weather, has been described as the worst century to be alive in terms of human recorded history, the fifteenth century was in many ways little better. Indeed, in some…

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THE FIRST TRAITORS EXECUTED AT EDINBURGH

THE FIRST TRAITORS EXECUTED AT EDINBURGH NO PUNISHMENT IS ENOUGH FOR THESE DEGENERATE MURDERERS CROWD BAYS FOR THE BLOOD OF THE CONSPIRACY’S LEADERS. Professor Richard Oram. Vast crowds today gathered in Edinburgh’s High Street to witness the executions of the first of the traitors who murdered our liege lord, James, king of Scots, in his…

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Epidemics in James I’s Scotland

Epidemics in James I’s Scotland. Professor Richard Oram. There is a certain grim sense of history repeating itself to think that exactly six hundred years ago, Scotland was in the grip of an epidemic of a new, previously unknown and terrifying disease. For the previous seventy years, the kingdom had suffered from recurring waves of…

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What is a Charterhouse?

What is a Charterhouse? Professor Richard Oram. Perth Charterhouse was a key element in James I’s rebuilding of the place of the king as the principal patron and protector of the Church in Scotland. Scholars have long recognised the significance of his foundation of a Carthusian monastery and understood his deep personal connection with the…

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