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The Papacy And The Nations Of Scotland And Poland, C. 1250–1334

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The later thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries are widely recognised as a period that witnessed the culmination of the conflict between ideas about national sovereignty and the concept of universal authority. Scotland and Poland were far from immune from the developments that historians have come to recognise throughout Christendom as associated with an increasingly articulated sense of nationhood. The province of Poland, understood as it was by the papacy to be coterminous with the archdiocese of Gniezno, continued to serve as an administrative unit for papal taxation throughout the territorial divisions and dynastic disputes raging in the kingdom during the thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries. In the testimonies against the Order given to the papal judges-delegate in 1320-1, the Knights' occupation is described as involving the inhumane shedding of Christian blood, with victims being dragged from the altar to meet their deaths.

Keywords: archdiocese of Gniezno; Christian people; Papacy; Poland; Scotland; Scottish sovereignty

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