Robert Bruce and the Community of the Realm of Scotland

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Edinburgh University Press, 2005 - History - 531 pages
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A new in paperback edition commemorating the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, 1314

This classic edition of the definitive history of Robert Bruce's life and career, during Scotland's tumultuous coming of age in the Wars of Independence, is one of the twentieth century's bona-fide classics in historical writing.

First published in 1965, ROBERT BRUCE was quickly recognised as an indispensable guide to understanding Scotland's complex game of thrones and its medieval society. The central theme of this seminal work remains the interplay and tension between Bruce himself and the very concept of a Scottish nation, of which Bruce aspired to be king. The chief shift in emphasis in this history was to demonstrate the continuity and unity of purpose which linked the stake-holders of a nascent Scottish realm throughout the period from 1290 to 1329.

In this bloody period of political intrigue, battlefield heroism and variable loyalties, a singularly Scottish identity was born in campaigns against English claims, culminating in the Battle of Bannockburn in June 1314, the fulcrum around which Bruce built a nation and a Scottish peace.

 

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User Review  - Bev Mynott - Goodreads

Fantastic book though not quite what I was expecting. I think I was expecting a "biography" of Robert the Bruce, with information on his family, his life, etc, but instead this is a fascinating book ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jay - Goodreads

The best book on Robert the Bruce and the Scottish War of Independence that you'll EVER read. In addition, this just may be the best book on the idea of the "nation state" in Medieval Europe that you'll ever read. Read full review

Contents

A Kingdom in Perplexity
3
Bruce of Annandale
27
Bruce versus Balliol
52
A Lamb among Wolves
71
Two Kinds of War
91
Experiments in Guardianship
119
The King over the Water
143
Defeat
172
A King in Search of his Throne
213
Chapter n The Turn of the Tide
245
Bannockburn
266
War and Peace
304
Good King Robert
341
In Search of Robert Bruce
405
Appendix
421
Genealogical Tables
494

Revolution
188

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G W S Barrow is Professor Emeritus at the University of Edinburgh

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