Edinburgh Weekend booking form

The booking form for our much anticipated Edinburgh Dunnett Weekend 2016 is now available here.  The organising team have put together yet another amazing programme of events!  Everyone is welcome and highlights include:

  • Guided tour of Edinburgh’s Botanical Gardens on Friday afternoon
  • Welcome dinner at the Sheraton Hotel on Friday evening
  • Saturday morning talk from Dr Deirdre Serjeantson, Senior Lecturer in Renaissance Literature at the University of Essex, entitled ‘The Private Labyrinth: the books that made Lymond’.
  • Talk from Professor Scott Richardson, St John’s University in Minnesota, about his new book, ‘Dorothy Dunnett’s Lymond Chronicles: The Enigma of Francis Crawford’
  • Mystery “revelry” devised by Kathy Lewis
  • Dorothy Dunnett Society Annual General Meeting (members only)
  • Gala dinner on Saturday evening
  • Sunday excursion to Dunfermline Abbey and Palace

Places are limited so get your booking forms to us as soon as you can.  The deadline is Monday 29th February.

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Winner of 2015 Dorothy Dunnett History Prize

st andrewsCongratulations to Rory McLellan of the University of St Andrews who has won the 2015 Dorothy Dunnett History Prize with his essay entitled Lord Sanct Johnis: William Knollis and the Transformation of the Scottish Hospitallers.

Dr Anna Groundwater, Director of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Edinburgh University said of this entry:

… [an] interesting essay with an admirable situating of the Hospitallers in the rest of the British Isles, and a comparison of this to the Scottish situation in general, and Knollis in particular. It is all well based in the historiography and the historical context.

The prize was conceived to promote historical research in areas relating to Dorothy Dunnett’s own interests, and is worth £1,000.

The winner will be invited to speak at the 2016 Dorothy Dunnett Weekend in Edinburgh and the essay will be published in the society’s quarterly journal Whispering Gallery.

The trustees of the Dorothy Dunnett Society have also awarded Highly Commended certificates to two worthy runners up:

  • Saskia Limback (University of St Andrews), You Are What You Wear: 
Clothing Regulations in Late Medieval Scotland from a European Perspective.
  • Silke Muylaert (University of Kent), Wonderful Antwerp: The construction of a fashionable city in Albrecht Dürer’s travel journal.
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Fact to Fiction to Fact: Edinburgh in times past

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Sunday 22 November 2015 14.30 to 16.00 Join Nicky Cannon as she talks about and illustrates how her interest in the historical fiction of Edinburgh author Dorothy Dunnett led to her own discoveries about the real 15th and 16th century … Continue reading

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Dastardly assassin or courageous warrior? The truth about Macbeth

“… Macbeth governed efficiently and there was peace, though he did have trouble with a certain Thorfinn the Mighty, ruler of Orkney and the far north of the Scottish mainland. In her book King Hereafter, historical novelist Dorothy Dunnett suggests [King Hereafter] that Macbeth and Thorfinn were the same person, and it’s a plausible idea as there are so few sources from the time.”

Continue reading this article at the website of The National newspaper.

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The Dorothy Dunnett History Prize 2015 now open

The Dorothy Dunnett Society, in association with the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, University of Edinburgh, is pleased to announce that The Dorothy Dunnett History Prize 2015, worth £1000, is now open.

Entries for the competition will be accepted from history students registered on a PhD programme at any recognised higher education institution. Essays may address any aspect of current historical research that meets the Society’s constitutional aim which is:

To advance the education of the public concerning the history, politics, culture and religion of the 11th, 15th and 16th centuries by promoting the study of and research into such subjects particularly as they relate to the works of Dorothy Dunnett and to disseminate to the public the results of such research.

The closing date for submissions is Monday 16th November 2015.

More information and application details

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