The European History of Medieval and Renaissance Scotland: A Post Brexit Reflection
Paper by Kylie Murray
Given at the Conference: European Union and Disunion: What has held Europeans together and what is dividing them?, held at the British Academy, on November 4, 2016
Introduction: I’d like to begin by inviting you in this post-Brexit era to imagine a scenario where Scottish leaders approach the figure head of european political and economic Union stating that Scotland identifies principally with Europe the Scots are seeking an intervention from this European power because England is claiming constitutional jurisdiction over Scotland. Now while this narrative may sound like a plausible account of some recent post-Brexit events what I’m actually describing is something that happened in the late 1100s.
Dr Kylie Murray is a Fellow and Lecturer in Medieval English at Christ’s College, Cambridge. Previously, she was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in English at Balliol College, Oxford, after completing her degrees at St Andrews and Oxford. She researches and publishes on the endlessly fascinating role played by political and national identities in the literature of medieval and early modern Britain, with a particular focus on Scotland, c.1100-c.1600.