Project Status: Ongoing

The Community of the Realm in Scotland 1249-1424 is an ongoing project hosted by King’s College, London that seeks to provide digital editions of important Scottish documents from the middle and later medieval period. The creators of the project have begun with the Declaration of Arbroath, a seminal document in the foundation of a community of the realm of Scotland, and Regiam Majestatem, the foundational legal document for the realm. Rather than privileging stemmatic editing and its search for an archetypal version of a text, the Community of the Realm’s edition of the Declaration allows a user to compare versions of the document as it appears in different manuscript witnesses. When in comparison mode, a user can view others’ annotations or make their own. Likewise, users can view the document in Latin or in an English translation for comparison.

The project does not limit itself to just its viewer. The creators envision the platform as providing a space for discussion of Scotland in the high Middle Ages and beyond. The site provides a biweekly podcast, an active blog, multimedia videos on the history of Scotland, and the XML data they have used to create the editions. The site is free to use for non-commercial purposes.

Resource details:

Resource Type: BlogDigital EditionDownloadable dataMultimediaTeaching ResourcesText: Medieval

License: Must provide creditNo Fee

Modern Language: English

Language of Modern Translation: English

Medieval content details:

Dates: 1249 - 1424

Subject: Civil LawDiplomacyDiplomaticsGovernmentHistoryLawManuscript StudiesMaterial CultureNobility, GentryPapacyPolitical ThoughtRoyalty, MonarchsSeals

Type/Genre of Medieval Primary Source Material: Art and ArtifactsChartersManuscriptsMaterial EvidenceTextual EvidenceWills, Inventories

Geopolitical Region: British Isles and IrelandEuropeScotland

Original Language: Latin