Introducing Models of Authority

Welcome to the Models of Authority website

We are delighted to launch the Models of Authority website! The initial version of this site (June 2015) offers images of a selection of charters from the National Library of Scotland. As work on our corpus progresses, we will update the website to offer images of charters (and also seals) from other repositories. The final web-based resource will contain images of more than 600 charters drawn from material held at Durham Cathedral Muniments, the National Records of Scotland, the National Library of Scotland, the British Library, and The National Archives at Kew. A provisional list of the manuscripts which will be contained within our study can be viewed from the Manuscript record type in Search

Project overview

Models of Authority: Scottish Charters and the Emergence of Government is a resource for the study of the contents, script and physical appearance of the corpus of Scottish royal charters which survives from 1100–1250. Through close examination of the palaeographic features of the charters, the project will explore the evidence for developments in the practices and perception of royal government during a crucial period in Scottish history.

The project is funded by the AHRC (2014-2017) and is a collaboration between scholars from the Universities of Glasgow, Cambridge and King's College London. 

You can read more about the way we plan to trace scribal influences and see the research questions behind Models of Authority on the Historical Contexts page.


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