Thank you: [albanach] Searching for information on 1257 abduction of King Alexander by Comyns
- Sebhdann wrote:
>Diana,~Thank you very much, yes, they help. What I'm gathering is that it
>My only Scottish history book covering that time frame is, *Scotland: The
>Story of a Nation* by Magnus Magnusson. On page 97, is the following
>mention of Alexander III from that time period:
>The years of Alexander's minority in the 1250's had their political tremors
>as different noble factions and parties within the regency vied for control
>of the king's person (and therefore the government), with Henry III
>interfering busily in the background -- ostensibly out of concern for his
>daughter's welfare. The young couple were not allowed to live together as
>man and wife and were kept under the strict control of tutors or guardians.
>When Alexander's minority ended in 1259, on his eighteenth birthday, the
>reins of government were firmly held by pro-king nobles -- particularly the
>Comyn family, who exercised power on behalf of the king in both the north
>and the south-west...
>Sorry no specific mention of what you're looking for, but if you read
>between the lines and know how the game of thrones was played in Scottish
>history, then such actions could have been perpetrated by the Comyns. On
>the other hand, since history is written by the winners and the conflict
>between the Comyns and Robert Bruce was well-known, the facts of the
>situation may have been skewed negatively, making it a kidnapping and power
>usurpation as opposed to the king being fostered with a powerful Regent's
>family for the last two years of his minority. Without more concrete info,
>you could portray the incident either way for your story.
>Hope my ramblings have some use for you!
wasn't so much an abduction the Comyns watching out for those and
keeping guidance of the powerful position of the king. Have a great
His Captive/Alexander MacGruder
His Woman/Duncan MacGruder - 4 star Romantic Times review - 2009
Booksellers Best Finalist
His Conquest - Nov 2010 / His Destiny - Nov 2011
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