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Repentance and Reform: Political and Religious Culture in Pre-Reformation Scotland

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Explores the religious and political concerns of pre-Reformation Scotland and the themes of repentance and reform in the poetic work of Sir David Lindsay of the Mount (1486–1555). Lindsay, royal herald to James V, was well placed to observe how the Scottish kingship operated and to suggest how good government might be achieved. His writings reflect conventional attitudes concerning kingship and government. In particular, the shift in his treatment of repentance and reform reveals how the altered political climate of the 1540s and the impact of new religious ideas gradually and subtlety altered the ways in which Scots conceived of religious and political change.

Keywords: Lindsay, David; Poetry; Political Attitudes; Religious Beliefs; Scotland

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 1997-06-01

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