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Becoming scottish in the thirteenth century: The evidence of the chronicle of Melrose

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The standard answer to the question of how Scotland expanded into the country is to give an account of when each part finally and definitively was incorporated into the Scottish kingdom. A very different answer is given if the question of 'becoming Scottish' is determined by when the inhabitants of various parts of the Scottish realm began to regard themselves as Scots. There is one source, the Chronicle of Melrose, which sheds a uniquely significant glimmer of light on how some (at least) of the king's subjects in this period regarded 'Scotland' and 'Scots'. The evidence of the Chronicle of Melrose points to something else as the key to the growth of Scottish identity in the thirteenth century.

Keywords: Chronicle of Melrose; Scottish Kingdom



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