The Scottish Sword of State by Charles Burns OBE
The Scottish Sword of State by Charles Burns OBE, The Aquhorties Press 2007, 32 pages
Published on 13 November 2007 to mark the reception held by The Right Honourable Alec Salmond, MSP, First Minister of Scotland celebrating the 500th anniversary of the presentation of the Sword of State by Pope Julius II to King James IV of Scotland. Monsignor Charles Burns gives an account of the presentation of the sword and of its later history and explains the significance of the presentation in the wider context of Papal gifts to Scottish monarchs. This fascinating work of scholarship is a timely reminder of the remarkable place of our nation in the late medieval world. Includes colour plates of the Honours of Scotland.