Susan E. Christianson Presents Research at Symposium

Study looks at history of the Scotland during the Reign of Edward I.  


Susan E. Christianson ’09 presented, “The Kingdom of the Scots in the Reign of Edward I: Conquest and State-Building” at Randolph College’s Symposium for Artists & Scholars on April 18, 2009.

Christianson conducted the research project with her faculty mentor, Marjorie Wheeler-Barclay, professor of history, while an undergraduate student at Randolph College.

An abstract of her project follows...

In the year 1290, Margaret of Norway, the last remaining heir of Alexander III King of the Scots, died in the Orkney Islands on the way to Scotland to claim her throne. Her death sparked an unprecedented succession crisis in which no fewer than thirteen claimants vied for the Scottish throne. The legal case, presided over by Edward I of England and known as the Great Cause, dramatically changed the power dynamic between the two major kingdoms of the British Isles. The winner of the case, King John Balliol, was forced to pay homage to Edward for the Kingdom of the Scots, thus cementing the subordinate position of his kingdom. Although Edward I “The Hammer of the Scots” thought his plan would bring the Kingdom of the Scots permanently under his control, his heavy-handed methods only succeeded in uniting the Scottish people and setting the Scottish crown on the path to increased royal power.

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