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|Our friend in the north: the origins, evolution and appeal of the cult of St Duthac of Tain in later Middle Ages
|Turpie T (2014) Our friend in the north: the origins, evolution and appeal of the cult of St Duthac of Tain in later Middle Ages. Scottish Historical Review, 93 (1), pp. 1-28. https://doi.org/10.3366/shr.2014.0197
|St Duthac of Tain was one of the most popular Scottish saints of the later middle ages. From the late fourteenth century until the reformation devotion to Duthac outstripped that of Andrew, Columba, Margaret and Mungo, and Duthac's shrine in Easter Ross became a regular haunt of James IV (1488-1513) and James V (1513-42). Hitherto historians have tacitly accepted the view of David McRoberts that Duthac was one of several local saints whose emergence and popularity in the fifteenth century was part of a wider self-consciously nationalist trend in Scottish religious practice. This study looks beyond the paradigm of nationalism to trace and explain the popularity of St Duthac from the shadowy origins of the cult to its heyday in the early sixteenth century.
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