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The Auld Alliance (1295-1560) : Commercial Exchanges, Cultural and Intellectual Influences Between France and Scotland

The Auld Alliance (1295-1560) : Commercial Exchanges, Cultural and Intellectual Influences Between France and Scotland

By Muriel Canallas

MA Thesis, Universite de Toulon et du Var (2009)

Introduction: France and Scotland have always shared an obvious sense of friendship through the centuries. Few countries in history have been connected this way. One may wonder why. We can answer first and foremost that these links, that still exist today, arise from the Auld Alliance.

My interest in Scotland, apart from my numerous trips to this country, led me to feel the need to study its history. As I discovered that it had been so closely united to my own country, I decided to examine this relationship more closely.

Why and how did this coming together occur ? Obviously at first to counter an old and common enemy: England. But apart from this statement, I discovered that numerous links between the two countries were established, little by little, over the years, and even the centuries. I realised that Scotland and France installed various exchanges, that brought these countries together, despite their numerous differences. Indeed, France was an important country at the time and was involved, with Spain and later with England, in the world domination. She had an important foreign trade with other countries and her intellectual and cultural influence in the world was fundamental. On the other hand, Scotland was still an isolated country, with few relationships with the outside world.

France was politically well-established as a stable monarchy whereas Scotland had problems finding a kind of political stability, and her sovereignty was permanently threatened by England.

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