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David I: The King Who Made Scotland

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Few kings more than David I deserve the reputation as “maker” of his kingdom. Although he is overshadowed in popular memory by his descendant, the later “saviour” of Scotland, Robert Bruce, it was David who laid the foundations of the medieval Scottish monarchy and set in motion the changes that created the kingdom that vied with England for mastery of the British Isles. I ...more
Paperback, 255 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by Tempus
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Blair Hodgkinson
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a clearly written and highly informative view of the reign of David I.

Personally, I came at this book with some familiarity with the reigns of Henry I and Stephen/Empress Matilda. This book greatly clarified for me the nature of the Scottish kingdom of the period, helping me to understand the close links between David and the Norman dynasty. Much explanation is given for the transition of Scotland from Celtic fringe realm to a more modern monarchy (from the standpoint of the
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William  Shep
May 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Well balanced and readable account of a great but relatively obscure King of Scots.
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Richard Oram's David I: The King Who Made Scotland provides an objective analysis of the David's genealogical roots, his early life in England and France (Norman influence), his rise to rule Scotland in 1124, his sociopolitical impact during his rule in Scotland and in northern England (i.e., Cumberland and Northumberland), and his treatment by historians after his death in 1153 to the present.

Oram's presentation, from a historical perspective, is remarkably well-balanced. Rather than provid
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Professor Richard D. Oram F.S.A. (Scot.) is a Scottish historian. He is a professor of medieval and environmental history at the University of Stirling and an honorary lecturer in history at the University of Aberdeen. He is also the director of the Centre for Environmental History and Policy at the University of Stirling.

He received his undergraduate training at the University of St.
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