Lordship and Architecture in Medieval and Renaissance Scotland
Edited by Richard Oram , Geoffrey Stell
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These essays constitute the first radical reassessment since the nineteenth century of the role of architecture as an expression of lordship and status among Scottish secular and ecclesiastical elites in the period c.1124–c.1650. These studies of the architectural patronage of particular families or groups explore how the nobility operated socially and economically, as well as politically, in the organisation and structure of lordship throughout the medieval and renaissance periods. The contributors draw on the traditions and strengths of Scottish genealogical, archaeological and art-historical enquiry to illustrate key themes, which include: family or kindred styles in building on a local, regional or national level; builders’ or patrons’ motives; the scale and use of the buildings; and ascertainable changes in function, purpose and attitude.