Online Café Histoire – October 2021

Online Café Histoire – October 2021

Our Café Histoire is back!

To mark the 726th Anniversary of the signing of the Auld Alliance between the kingdoms of Scotland and France, Professor Michael Brown (University of St Andrews) will talk about the Auld Alliance and how it shaped the relationship between the two realms in the Late Middle Ages, on 26th October, on Zoom

Please click here to register.

‘Good friendship, alliance, and confederation’: The Auld Alliance in the Late Middle Ages

For Scots in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the alliance with the king and kingdom of France provided a vital connection with the world beyond the British Isles. It began as a source of external support in the struggle to secure the status and liberties of the Scottish realm against the ambitions of the rulers of England but in the fifteenth century developed a wider significance. Especially after the service of thousands of Scottish soldiers in the wars of the Dauphin, later Charles VII, against the English, links between the two lands came to develop a wider significance. France became a land of opportunity for Scottish soldiers and courtiers who fostered a special connection between the two realms even as the world of European politics became more complex. By examining the different aspects of this bond, political, personal and cultural, the roots of an enduring relationship will become apparent.

Michael Brown is the Professor of Scottish History and head of the Institute of Scottish Historical Research at the University of St Andrews. After spells working at University College Dublin, the University of Aberystwyth, and the University of Aberdeen, he returned to St Andrews where he was a student. His books include James I (1994), The Black Douglases (1998), The Wars of Scotland (2004) and Disunited Kingdoms: Politics and Peoples in the British Isles, 1280-1460 (2013).

This event is free and open to everyone. The talk will be in English.

Please click here to register.

Tuesday 26th October, 6pm

This event will take place via Zoom (details of the meeting will be sent to you by email before the event).

This event is free for all, but we would appreciate a small donation of £3-£5 to support the Alliance Française Glasgow and its activities (see information below).


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