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Representations Conference

Representations of Authority to 1707:

Scotland and her Nearest Neighbours

Two Day Conference: Mon 20th– Tues 21stAugust 2012

University of Stirling

What use is it to be given authority over man and land if others do not know about it? Furthermore, what use is that authority if those who know about it do not respect it? These questions have been crucial since regulations for governance entered society. In the years prior to 1707 Scotland and her nearest neighbours developed unique relationships between their people and the manifests of authority; whether it be crown or noble, government or church, burgh or merchant; these individuals and groups all desired power and influence, however, their means of representing their authority were often very different. The relations between these countries were also dominated by attempts to represent authority to each other both in war and peace; to what extent can similarities be drawn between these kingdoms and principalities, or can national distinctions always be found?

Keynote Speaker: Dr Katie Stevenson (University of St Andrews)

‘Representations of Authority in Late Medieval Scotland’

We welcome all to a diverse two day conference with panels addressing themes of representation of authority across Scotland, England and France. The papers include work on queenship, royal ceremonial, court and household, noble display through architecture, political speech and language, monastic and ecclesiastical, Anglo-Scots relations, and the Borders and Highlands.

Two day price including lunch both days: £20 non-student or £10 for students

One day price including lunch: £15 non-student or £8 for students

For a registration form and/or further information or enquiries please email us at

Please register by Wednesday 1stAugust 2012.

On Historical and Political Thought’

History and Politics Postgraduate Society, University of Stirling

Assisted by the University of Stirling School of Arts and Humanities, the Centre for Scottish Studies, and the Stirling Graduate Research School, the Strathmartine Trust and