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Neil McGuigan discussing Malcolm Canmore with the Institute of Scottish Historical Research

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THE INSTITUTE OF SCOTTISH HISTORICAL RESEARCH INVITES YOU TO

AN EVENING WITH MALCOLM CANMORE

An online event on Tuesday 8th June 2021 5-6pm

To mark the publication of Máel Coluim III Canmore by Neil McGuigan, the
Institute of Scottish Historical Research is holding a discussion of Malcolm’s life,
reign and afterlife between Neil McGuigan (University of St Andrews), Dauvit
Broun (University of Glasgow), and Alex Woolf (University of St Andrews).
Neil’s book is the first full study of this pivotal king and his reign and will be
published by Birlinn on 3rd June.

The event will be hosted online through Microsoft Teams, and to join the event please paste the following link into your browser:
https://bit.ly/30oKAva

Neil McGuigan, Máel Coluim III Canmore
The legendary Scottish king Máel Coluim III, also known as ‘Malcolm Canmore’, is
often held to epitomise Scotland’s ‘ancient Gaelic kings’. But Máel Coluim and his
dynasty were in fact newcomers, and their legitimacy and status were far from
secure at the beginning of his rule. Máel Coluim’s long reign from 1058 until 1093
coincided with the Norman Conquest of England, a revolutionary event that
presented great opportunities and terrible dangers. Although his interventions in
post-Conquest England eventually cost him his life, the book argues that they were
crucial to his success as both king and dynasty-builder, creating internal stability
and facilitating the takeover of Strathclyde and Lothian. As a result, Máel Coluim
left to his successors a territory that stretched far to the south of the kingship’s
heartland north of the Forth, similar to the Scotland we know today.
The book explores the wider political and cultural world in which Máel Coluim
lived, guiding the reader through the pitfalls and possibilities offered by the sources
that mediate access to that world. Our reliance on so few texts means that the
eleventh century poses problems that historians of later eras can avoid. Nevertheless
Scotland in Máel Coluim’s time generated unprecedented levels of attention abroad
and more vernacular literary output than at any time prior to the Stewart era

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