James III by Norman MacdougallJames III by Norman Macdougall

James III

byNorman Macdougall

Paperback | December 9, 2009

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Detailed and up-to-date, this study analyzes Scotland’s James III from both private and public perspectives and seeks to explain why this monarch was challenged by a huge rebellion in 1482, which he narrowly survived, and why he succumbed to a further rising in 1488, which placed his eldest son on the throne as James IV. James III’s various characterizations—such as peace-loving, suspicious, treacherous, pious, lecherous, and lazy—are scrutinized, as is his role as a major patron of the arts. The architect of an intelligent and forward-looking foreign policy, James III was much criticized for his failures, including debasement of the coinage, royal money hoarding, favoring others above the noble counselors, and his inability to staunch feuds and enforce criminal justice. This chronicle explores all of these topics and probes into the life of one of the most enigmatic Stewart kings.

Norman Macdougall is a senior lecturer in Scottish history at the University of St. Andrews and the author of An Antidote to the English: The Auld Alliance and James IV.
Title:James IIIFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1.3 inPublished:December 9, 2009Publisher:Birlinn LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:190460787X

ISBN - 13:9781904607878

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"[Macdougall has] scrupulous objectivity and mastery of high political narrative."  —Scottish Review of Books