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Royal Finance And Regional Rebellion In The Reign Of James IV

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James IV (1488-1513) has long been regarded as perhaps the most successful, and certainly the most charismatic, of medieval Scottish monarchs. One of the areas in which the king has been regarded as particularly successful was his handling of royal finance. Examination of royal feuing has concentrated largely, and understandably, on the fiscal implications. There has been no equivalent to Margaret Sanderson's extensive study of the feu-ferming of church lands in sixteenth-century Scotland. The winter of 1502-3 saw something very close to a regional rebellion in Highland Perthshire, a deliberate and forcible rejection of royal policies in the locality. Ranald Nicholson's survey of late medieval Scotland, published in 1974, included an account of James IV's personal rule under the upbeat chapter title 'New Monarchy Triumphant'. For scholars such as Goodare and Michael Lynch, James IV remains a straightforwardly medieval monarch.

Keywords: Highland Perthshire; James IV (1488-1513); Julian Goodare; medieval Scottish monarch; Michael Lynch; Ranald Nicholson; regional rebellion; royal feuing; royal finance



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