Scottish history in the eyes of sixteenth-century France

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Scotland's mythical and medieval history has long been acknowledged as of critical importance in its sixteenth-century present. This article tracks these discourses across the channel, showing for the first time the limited circulation of Scottish histories in France and the dominance of English versions of the past in French texts, ranging from short, printed books to royal presentation manuscripts. This Anglocentric view not only helps to explain the discordant French views of the Scots (as loyal yet uncivil, and above all warlike) but also contributes to the ongoing reassessment that the auld alliance was not permanently binding but, rather, intermittently activated when political or economic interests required.
Original languageEnglish
JournalRenaissance Quarterly
Issue number1
Early online date24 Apr 2024
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Apr 2024


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