Dr Iain MacInnes

Centre for History
Burghfield House
IV25 3HN

tel: +44 01847 889629

Available to talk to the media about

  • Medieval Scotland
  • Medieval Warfare
  • The Scottish Wars of Independence
  • Medieval Anglo-Scottish Relations
  • Chivalry
  • Treason in the Middle Ages
  • Battlefield Injury
  • Medievalism
  • Representations of medieval society and medieval warfare in modern popular culture (comics, graphic novels, film and television)

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Dr MacInnes is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Highlands and Islands Centre for History and has taught there for over nine years. He is Programme Leader for the department’s taught postgraduate programmes in Highlands and Islands History, Highlands and Islands History and Archaeology, Coastal and Maritime Societies and Cultures, and History. He completed an undergraduate and taught postgraduate degree at the University of Glasgow, before undertaking his PhD at the University of Aberdeen which was completed in 2008.

His first book, titled Scotland’s Second War of Independence, 1332-1357, considered a lesser known and understood period of medieval Scottish history and the conduct and behaviour of soldiers during this period of conflict. He is currently working to develop this theme further, as well as on other works on the theme of Scottish medieval military history, including a new book on Scotland’s medieval armies. He is also developing a number of other themes, including those of medieval battlefield injury, treason in medieval society and modern depictions of medieval society and warfare in popular culture (including comics, graphic novels, film and television).

Current research

Dr MacInnes is currently completing a number of articles on the themes of graphic representations of the Hundred Years War, Game of Thrones and its treatment of the chivalric warrior, treason in medieval Scotland and its treatment, submission as a mechanism to heal the rift between king and noble in medieval Scotland, and the Scottish defeat at the Battle of Neville’s Cross. He is also commencing work on a new book on Scottish armies across the medieval period (1100-1500).

Research groups and interests

Member of the Scottish Medievalists Society. Editorial board member for Northern Scotland. Trustee of the Scottish Historical Review Trust. 

Selected publications

•    Scotland’s Second War of Independence, 1332-1357 (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2016).
•    ‘‘For He Bestirred Himself to Protect the Land from the Moors’: Depicting the Medieval Reconquista in Modern Spanish Graphic Novels’, European Comic Art, 11(1) (2018), 48-65.
•     ‘“A clash of arms to be eternally remembered”: The depiction of war and chivalry during the Hundred Years War in “Le Trône d'Argile” and “Crécy”’, in Cultures of War in Graphic Novels, ed. T. Prorokova and N. Tal (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2017) (forthcoming)
•    ‘(Not) Learning the Lessons of War? The Scottish Experience of Conflict in the Second War of Independence (1332-1357)’, Estonian Yearbook of Military History, 5(11) (2017).
•    ‘“One man slashes, one slays, one warns, one wounds”: Injury and Death in Anglo-Scottish Combat, c.1296-c.1403’ in Killing and Being Killed: Bodies in Battle: Perspectives on Fighters in the Middle Ages, ed. J. Rogge (Bielefeld: Verlag, 2017).
•    ‘Heads, shoulders, knees and toes: Injury and death in Anglo-Scottish combat, c.1296-c.1403’, in Wounds and Wound Repair in Medieval Culture, ed. L. Tracy and K. DeVries (Leiden: Brill, 2015), pp. 102-27.
•    ‘“A fine great company of good men, well-armed and equipped”: Barbour's description of Scottish Arms and Armour in The Bruce’, in Battle and Bloodshed: The Medieval World at War, ed. L. Bleach (Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013), pp. 39-56.
•    ‘‘To subject the north of the country to his rule’: Edward III and the ‘Lochindorb chevauchée’ of 1336’, Northern Scotland, 3 (2012), pp. 16-31.
•    ‘To be annexed forever to the English Crown’: The English Occupation of Southern Scotland, c.1334-37, in England and Scotland at War: New Perspectives, ed. A. King and D. Simpkin (Leiden: Brill, 2012), pp. 183-201.
•    ‘Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Bruce? Balliol Scots and ‘English Scots’ during the Second Scottish War of Independence’, in The Soldier Experience in the Fourteenth Century, ed. A. Bell and A. Curry (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2011), pp. 129-44.
•    ‘Shock and Awe:  The use of terror as a psychological weapon during the Bruce-Balliol Civil War, 1332-38’ in A. King and M. Penman, eds., England and Scotland in the Fourteenth Century: New Perspectives (Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2007), pp. 40-59.