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The Politics of Counsel in England and Scotland, 1286-1707$
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Jacqueline Rose

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266038

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266038.001.0001

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‘Lele consail for the comoun profite’: Kings, Guardians and Councils in the Scottish Kingdom, c.1250–1450

‘Lele consail for the comoun profite’: Kings, Guardians and Councils in the Scottish Kingdom, c.1250–1450

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(p.45) 2 ‘Lele consail for the comoun profite’: Kings, Guardians and Councils in the Scottish Kingdom, c.1250–1450
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The Politics of Counsel in England and Scotland, 1286-1707
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Michael Brown

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266038.003.0002

The history of royal government in Scotland between 1250 and 1450 is one of recurrent crises and absences. The use of royal councils as a formal or informal means of providing or augmenting the authority of the crown forms an identifiable strand in the history of these two hundred years in tandem with the appointment of individual regents or groups of regents. By examining the use of councils for under-age or absent kings and the evidence for the employment of conciliar bodies by adult monarchs, this chapter demonstrates that, rather than following a distinctive Scottish approach to government, the kingdom’s rulers and political class drew on common models of council in response to specific political contexts.

Keywords:   Scotland, kingship, minority, council, parliament, late medieval, guardian, lieutenant, politics

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