Saint Margaret, Queen of the Scots: A Life in Perspective

Hardcover | November 19, 2013

byCatherine Keene

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Margaret, saint and 11th-century Queen of the Scots, remains an often-cited yet little-understood historical figure. Her world was the product of perspectives and models from Nordic, Kievan, Hungarian, Anglo-Saxon, Norman, and Scottish traditions, with all the expectations and admonitions which they pressed upon her. Likewise, her cult evolved within interconnected dynastic, political, ecclesiastical, and papal agendas. This book proposes to bridge the gap between what is known about Margaret and what has been surmised in order to provide a contextual understanding of her life and early cult. Catherine Keene's analysis of sources in terms of both time and place – including her Life of Saint Margaret, translated for the first time – allows for an informed understanding of the forces that shaped this captivating woman.


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Margaret, saint and 11th-century Queen of the Scots, remains an often-cited yet little-understood historical figure. Her world was the product of perspectives and models from Nordic, Kievan, Hungarian, Anglo-Saxon, Norman, and Scottish traditions, with all the expectations and admonitions which they pressed upon her. Likewise, her cult...

Catherine Keene is the Visiting Assistant Professor of Medieval History and Literature, and Interim Director of the Medieval Studies Program at Southern Methodist University, USA.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.81 inPublished:November 19, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230340482

ISBN - 13:9780230340480

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. A Noble and Unknowable Lineage
2. An Exile in Hungary
3. An Anglo-Saxon Princess
4. A Wife of the King
5. A Queen of the Scots
6. A Pious Woman
7. The Cornerstone of Margaret's Cult
8. A Dynastic Saint
9. A Canonized Saint
Conclusion
Appendix: Translation of the Dunferline Vita