The Kingis Quair: A King’s Tale

Due to the misfortunes of the 14th century, the people hadn’t thought much about art and poetry in Scotland. It is surmised their literary Golden Age began in the 15th century with ‘The Kingis Quair’. It is a 379 line poem that is an autobiography of James I. He wrote about his time as prisoner,… Continue reading The Kingis Quair: A King’s Tale

15th Century Scotland

Now that we’ve concluded the countries under English rule, let’s discuss their Northern neighbors: Scotland. (I apologize in advance, this is the century of “James” and every monarch will have this name). When we left the Scots, they struggled to recover from the harsh events of the 14th century, and we’re mourning King Robert II… Continue reading 15th Century Scotland

14th Century Ireland & Wales

There are two more countries from the British Isles we cannot forget to talk about: Ireland and Wales. Ireland at this point is fighting tooth and nail to maintain its independence and has been since the Anglo-Norman invasion led by Henry II of England in 1171. The attempts to hold Ireland failed. In 1210 King… Continue reading 14th Century Ireland & Wales

Scotland’s Coronation Traditions

Until King Edward I stole many of the traditions, Scotland had its own unique ceremony for coronating its monarchs. Today we will look at what it was, what happened to it, and where you can find it today! To begin with we have the Honours of Scotland: The honours are Britian’s oldest remaining regalia and… Continue reading Scotland’s Coronation Traditions

14th Century Scotland

Scotland in the 14th century is a country still finding its bearing and fighting for its independence from England. The population at the beginning ranged around 1 million, and they fought the harsh reality of their environment. They preserved and fought hard to carve out a future defined only by them. Edward I of England… Continue reading 14th Century Scotland