The “Fyre of Ire Kyndild” in the Fifteenth-Century Scottish Marches 1

Jackson W. Armstrong*

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This chapter examines vengeance and its quenching in a dispute which, in part, stretched across the international boundary between two late medieval “states” on the periphery of Europe. It offers a glimpse, rare in the evidence surviving from late medieval Scotland, of the role of emotion and honor in such violent disputing. The case is also extraordinarily well-documented, thanks in part to the survival of evidence for multiple attempts at resolution. the dispute is representative of patterns of local conflict in the Scottish marches, and it speaks to the central importance of the desire for vengeance in the prosecution of lethal disputes. The Coldingham conflict took place in the wider context of Scottish politics, and a quick survey of these figures and events will assist in the following analysis. By contrast, an effective compromise made peace by building new, positive relationships, transforming the structures which generated conflict.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVengeance in the Middle Ages
Subtitle of host publicationEmotion, Religion and Feud
EditorsSusanna A. Throop, Paul R. Hyams
Place of PublicationFarnham, United Kingdom
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic)9781317002475, 9781315548388
ISBN (Print)9780754664215
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2010

Bibliographical note

First published 2010
ebook published 22 February 2016


  • humanities
  • language and literature
  • law
  • politics and international relations


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