The urban community in fifteenth-century Scotland

language, law and political practice

Claire Hawes

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Abstract

The political culture of Scotland’s late medieval towns has been neglected in recent scholarship. This paper seeks to provoke discussion through an analysis of communitarian language and its use by urban elites in the fifteenth century. The Scottish urban community, as elsewhere, could be positioned as a location, a legal construct and a group of people. This provided the burgh council with a variety of political tools which could be employed – consciously or otherwise – in order to legitimise its authority.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-380
Number of pages16
JournalUrban History
Volume44
Issue number3
Early online date3 Oct 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2017

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The urban community in fifteenth-century Scotland : language, law and political practice. / Hawes, Claire.

In: Urban History, Vol. 44, No. 3, 08.2017, p. 365-380.

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