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Scotland and the Low Countries 1124–1994

by Grant G. Simpson


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ISBN: 9781788854313
Published: 01 Nov 2021
Format: E-Book
Extent: 300
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd
Imprint: John Donald
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About the Book

This collection of essays presents historical approaches to the links which have existed for over 800 years between Scotland and one of the areas of continental Europe closest to her: the Low Countries.

Topics include: Flemish settlers in twelfth-century Scotland; the Count of Holland who claimed the Scottish throne in 1291; the Flemish aspect of the Auld Alliance with France; the view of Scotland taken by a Netherlands-born chronicler, Jean Froissart; Scotland’s late-medieval involvement in diplomacy with Guelders and in wool-exports to the Netherlands; the contacts of Scottish patrons with Netherlandish painters in the 15th and 16th centuries; Scots pursuing military careers and studies in the arts and law in the Low Countries in early modern times; parallels between Belgian Art Nouveau painting and the work of some Glasgow artists around 1900; comparisons between Scotland and the Low Countries in the 20th century in the realms of social housing and oil exploration.

These varied studies add detailed background to the subject of Scotland within Europe: a question now much debated. This volume is the third in the Mackie Monographs series, based on the Mackie Symposia held in the University of Aberdeen, which have as their theme the historical study of Scotland’s overseas contacts.

The Author

Grant G. Simpson

Grant G. Simpson was Honorary Reader in Scottish History in the University of Aberdeen. A founding member of the Scottish Medievalists, and chair of the Society 1992–4, he was also the author of Scottish Handwriting 1150–1650.