Undergraduate Course: Lords and Vassals in Medieval Scotland (LAWS10186)
|School||School of Law
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will explore the creation of the Scots common law in the middle ages and the components that made it up with a special focus on the development of feus and feudal law, though paying attention to royal institutions.
The course will consider the background to the 'feudalization' of Scotland, reflecting on Celtic institutions and their survival, before considering such 'feudalization' in the light of the work of Reynolds and MacQueen. The introduction of Anglo-Norman institutions and structures of government will be assessed, reflecting on their impact on the law, and how they moved to create a Scots common law. Consideration will be given to royal courts, baronial, and feudal courts, Parliament and the impact of the English Conquest and the Wars on Independence, as well as on the role of the Church and its laws. Students will understand why feudal tenures and structures were introduced, how they were introduced, and their impact on Scottish society and Scots law, developing a critical understanding of and insight into the origins of Scottish law and governmental practice in the later middle ages.
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a comparative knowledge of the position of Lords and Vassals in Medieval Scotland and of the complex history and law surrounding them.
- Demonstrate an ability to research and write about historical legal source and secondary material in a thoughtful and critical way.
- Consolidate and develop writing skills through the production of essays.
- Have consolidated their ability to reflect and to consider historical and legal material, and have expanded their skills in critical reasoning.
|Susan Reynolds, Fiefs and vassals: the medieval evidence reinterpreted (OUP, 1994)|
H.L. MacQueen, Common Law and Feudal Society in Medieval Scotland (EUP)
GWS Barrow, The Anglo-Norman Era in Scottish History (1980)
Atlas of Scottish history to 1707 (1996)
C J Neville, Land, Law and People in Medieval Scotland (EUP 2010)
Alice Taylor, The Shape of the State in Medieval Scotland, 1100-1290 (OUP 2015)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Lords,Vassals,Medieval Scotland,Legal History,Lords
|Course organiser||Prof Hector MacQueen
Tel: (0131 6)50 2060
|Course secretary||Ms Tracy Noden
Tel: (0131 6)50 2053