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Re Macbeth Re Macbeth On March 30 Ben Glassman wrote A non-list friend has asked me for help on the following question Can anyone provide information or a bibliography on the historical figure Macbeth She is especially interested in any feuds that his family might have been engaged in Thanks There has been very little work done on the historical Macbeth There is a modern work Peter Berresford Ellis MACBETH HIGH KING OF SCOTLAND 1040-1057 Belfast Blackstaff 1990 Unfortunately this is an unscholarly re-hashing of William Skenes nineteenth century work on Celtic Scotland and should be taken with a ton of salt It is however a good read and may have limited use as a introduction for someone new to the subject Many of the contemporary sources for Macbeths reign have been edited and translated in A O Anderson EARLY SOURCES OF SCOTTISH HISTORY AD 500-1286 vol I Paul Watkins Stamford 1990 pp 579-604 and A O Anderson SCOTTISH ANNALS FROM ENGLISH CHRONICLERS Paul Watkins Stamford 1991 pp 83-86 Here follows an account of the circumstances surrounding Macbeths reign and the feuds involved Most of these comments are the subject of scholarly debate Macbeth was a member of the ruling family of Moray the northermost region of Scotland Morays rulers are mentioned in the sources sometimes as kings and sometimes as mormaers a term translated as great-steward or sea-steward The use of the term mormaer in reference to the rulers of Moray indicates that they were possibly subordinate to the kings of Scotland Macbeths father Finnlaech ruled until 1020 when he was killed by his nephews Malcolm and Gillacomgain Malcolm succeeded to Moray and died in 1029 when he was succeeded by Gillacomgain In 1032 Gillacomgain was burned to death along with fifty other people Annals of Ulster Macbeth succeeded to Moray at this time and was
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