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Editing the past: Cosmo Innes and the Scottish medieval church

Marsden, Richard 2008. Editing the past: Cosmo Innes and the Scottish medieval church. Presented at: Cardiff University 'Reading' Conference, June 2007. Published in: Smith, Alexandra, Tennant, Kara and Webb, Jessica eds. Signs, Symbols and Words: Proceedings of the Cardiff University Reading Conference 2007. Cardiff: Cardiff University Humanities Research Institute, pp. 13-30.

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This paper explores how the medieval church was portrayed in nineteenth-century Scotland in the context of a mainstream historiography that was strongly Presbyterian. It focusses specifically on the work of Cosmo Innes (1798-1874), a lawyer, record scholar, historian, antiquarian and university professor who was situated at the heart of Scotland’ s historical community and at the vanguard of research into Scotland’s medieval past. The core of this paper is an examination of Innes’s prolific work as an editor of Scottish monastic and Episcopal cartularies, focuses on both on the extensive introductory essays that Innes prefixed to his editions, and on the ways in which he arranged and presented material to support a very particular view of the institutional manifestations of the pre-Reformation Church in Scotland.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
Uncontrolled Keywords: historiography; Medieval Church; record scholarship; Scotland; nineteenth century
Publisher: Cardiff University Humanities Research Institute
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Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:39

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