The Davidian Revolution

5 May, 2022 940 History of Europe

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the impact of David I of Scotland (c1084-1153) on his kingdom and on neighbouring lands. The youngest son of Malcolm III, he was raised in exile in the Anglo-Norman court and became Earl of Huntingdon and Prince of Cumbria before claiming the throne in 1124. He introduced elements of what he had learned in England and, in the next decades, his kingdom saw new burghs, new monasteries, new ways of governing and the arrival of some very influential families, earning him the reputation of The Perfect King.

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  • Richard Oram No other episodes
    Professor of Medieval and Environmental History at the University of Stirling
  • Alice Taylor No other episodes
    Professor of Medieval History at King's College London
  • Alex Woolf 3 episodes
    Senior Lecturer in History at the University of St Andrews

Reading list

  • The Kingdom of the Scots
    G.W.S. Barrow, Edinburgh University Press, 2003 Google Books →
  • The Triumph Tree: Scotland's Earliest Poetry, AD550-1350
    Thomas Owen Clancy (ed.), Canongate Classics, 2008 Google Books →
  • Scottish Abbeys and Priories
    Richard Fawcett, Batsford, 2008 Google Books →
  • The Anarchy of King Stephen's Reign
    Edmund King (ed.), Oxford University Press, 1996 Google Books →
  • Mael Coluim III, Canmore: An Eleventh-Century Scottish King
    Neil McGuigan, John Donald Publishing, 2021 Google Books →
  • David I, King of Scots 1124-1153
    Richard D. Oram, John Donald Publishing, 2020 Google Books →
  • Domination and Lordship: Scotland 1070-1230
    Richard D. Oram, Edinburgh University Press, 2011 Google Books →
  • The Shape of the State in Medieval Scotland 1124-1290
    Alice Taylor, Oxford University Press, 2016 Google Books →
  • From Pictland to Alba, 789-1070
    Alex Woolf, Edinburgh University Press, 2007 Google Books →

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Hello (First sentence from this episode) Hello. In 1124, David I became King of Scotland and so began what's been called the Davidian Revolution.