Reconstructing Pre-Reformation St Andrews

Scholars at the University of St Andrews are beginning a new project on the pre-Reformation history of St Andrews – formerly the religious capital of Scotland. A key element of the project is the creation of a digital reconstruction of the city as it appeared in the 1550s, shortly before the citizens officially rejected Catholicism in favour of Calvinist worship and church governance. The reconstruction is partly inspired by the surviving late sixteenth-century Geddy Map of St Andrews (currently in the care of the National Library of Scotland).

A key element of the project is the creation of a digital reconstruction of the city as it appeared in the 1550s

The reconstruction will also draw upon extensive early modern documentation in the University of St Andrews Special Collections, and on recent archaeological work. In addition to the reconstruction of the city, the project aims to create a new database of extant artefacts from medieval and early modern St Andrews. There are also plans for the digitization and transcription of relevant manuscripts from the University’s Special Collections. It is hoped that these resources will enable scholars and the wider public to independently explore St Andrews’ remarkable past, a place described in the sixteenth century as ‘the most flourishing city as to divine and human learning in all Scotland’.

If you would like further information on the project please email Dr Bess Rhodes at egsr@st-andrews.ac.uk

 

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