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  • Domestic slavery in Syria and Egypt, 1200-1500 

    Hagedorn, Jan Hinrich (University of St Andrews, 2019-12-04) - Thesis
    This study investigates domestic slavery in Syrian and Egyptian society from the thirteenth century to the fifteenth century. It focuses on the agency of slaves in the context of master-slave relationships within households ...
  • Welsh contacts with the papacy before the Edwardian conquest, c. 1283 

    Jones, Bryn (University of St Andrews, 2019-06-25) - Thesis
    This thesis attempts to explain the papacy’s significance to Welsh polities and the Welsh Church prior to the Edwardian Conquest of Wales. Though there has been little sustained consideration of Wales and the papacy ...
  • The Fenland monasteries during the reign of King Stephen 

    Birney, Ethan George (University of St Andrews, 2019-06-27) - Thesis
    This thesis considers the experience of the Fenland houses during the reign of Stephen, 1135-1154. It particularly focuses on wrongs committed against the houses during those years and the degree to which prelates helped ...
  • Patronage of the Knights Hospitaller in Britain and Ireland, 1291-1400 

    MacLellan, Rory (University of St Andrews, 2019-06-27) - Thesis
    This study examines what motivated donors to the Knights Hospitaller throughout the British Isles from 1291 to 1400. The Hospitallers, a military-religious order which fought in the crusades, came to Britain and Ireland ...
  • Negotiating the past in medieval Iceland, c. 1250-1500 : cultural memory and royal authority in the Icelandic legal tradition 

    Miller, Marta Agnieszka (University of St Andrews, 2018-12-07) - Thesis
    This thesis examines the memorial meaning attributed to royal power in the Icelandic legal tradition, as it is textually negotiated in sources extant from the period c. 1250-1500. It discusses the significance and functions ...

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