Lollardy, Hussitism and the Scottish Inquisition, c.1390 - c.1527

Katie Stevenson

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This article is a critical assessment of the evidence of heresy and heterodoxy in late medieval Scotland and demonstrates the development of inquisition in Scotland from the late fourteenth century to the Reformation. The overarching argument presented here is that while there is slim and problematic evidence, the pattern in Scotland of a continuum of heightened concern about heresy from both church and civil authorities from the 1390s correlates to broader European patterns. In repositioning this history within a framework of Continental religio-politics, this article argues that inquistion was fairly quickly established and examines the reasons for this development. It considers the dual roles of the church and crown in inquisistorial processes and suggests that one of the known trials for Lollardy was staged with royal support, to demonstrate the authority and reach of the newly-raised archbishopric of Glasgow in opposition to the preeminent archbishopric of St Andrews.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)684-715
JournalRevue d'histoire ecclésiastique
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2015


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