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Scotland and Europe:

The Medieval Kingdom and its Contacts with Christendom, 1214-1560. Volume 1: Religion, Commerce and Culture, c.1215-1560

David Ditchburn

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Subject: Scottish History
Royal octavo
Illustrated: no
350 pp.
ISBN: 1 86232 172 8
Paperback £16.99

Setting out to explore the rich diversity of medieval Scotlandís contacts with Europe, David Ditchburn focuses on religious, cultural and economic connections and includes a study of both the means by which people travelled and the first major wave of emigration from Scotland. The book ranges widely from the galloglass who fought in Ireland to artists who painted in the Netherlands; from impoverished students to merchants and monasteries wealthy from the export of wool.

While writers in other countries often thought of Scotland as an isolated, impoverished and Anglophobic country, in reality its people ensured that Scotland played a full and meaningful role in the development of later medieval Europe. And, in turn, Scotland was influenced by most of the major developments evident elsewhere.

Author: David Ditchburn is Lecturer in History at the University of Aberdeen.