Scotichronicon, Volume 4

Scotichronicon Volume At the request of David Stewart of Rosyth a Fife laird Walter Bower wrote this epic history of the Scots He took over materials ascribed to an earlier historian John of Fordun and continued the hi

  • Title: Scotichronicon, Volume 4
  • Author: Walter Bower D.E.R. Watt
  • ISBN: 9781873644355
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Hardcover
  • At the request of David Stewart of Rosyth, a Fife laird, Walter Bower wrote this epic history of the Scots He took over materials ascribed to an earlier historian, John of Fordun, and continued the history down to his own day Among the famous stories he covers is the myth that the Scots took their name originally from Scota, Pharaoh s daughter Scotichronicon has becomeAt the request of David Stewart of Rosyth, a Fife laird, Walter Bower wrote this epic history of the Scots He took over materials ascribed to an earlier historian, John of Fordun, and continued the history down to his own day Among the famous stories he covers is the myth that the Scots took their name originally from Scota, Pharaoh s daughter Scotichronicon has become one of the most important medieval accounts of early Scottish history It provides a strong expression of national identity and offers a window into the world view of medieval commentators.

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    About Author

    1. Abbot Walter Bower or Bowmaker c 1385 1449 was a Scottish canon regular of Inchcolm Abbey in the Firth of Forth, who is noted as a chronicler of his era He was born about 1385 at Haddington, East Lothian, in the Kingdom of Scotland.Bower was trained at the University of St Andrews and became the abbot of the Augustinian community on Inchcolm in 1417 He also acted as one of the commissioners for the collection of the ransom of King James I of Scotland in 1423 and 1424 Later, in 1433, he took part in a diplomatic mission to Paris to discuss the possibility of marriage of the king s daughter to the Dauphin of France He played an important part at the Council of Perth of 1432 in the defence of Scottish rights.During Bower s closing years he was engaged on his work, the Scotichronicon, on which his reputation now chiefly rests This work, undertaken in 1440 by desire of a neighbour, Sir David Stewart of Rosyth Castle, was a continuation of the Chronica Gentis Scotorum of John of Fordun The completed work, in its original form, consisted of sixteen books, of which the first five and a portion of the sixth to 1163 are Fordun s or mainly his, for Bower added to them at places In the later books, down to the reign of Robert I 1371 , he was aided by Fordun s Gesta Annalia, but from that point to the close the work is original and of contemporary importance, especially for James I, with whose death it ends The task was finished in 1447.

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