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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This is the story of how Robert Bruce outwitted Edward I, the shrewd and ruthless King of England, defeated his son Edward II, and in doing so regained Scotland's independence. Professor Barrow describes the dazzling and tragic career of William Wallace, the English military occupation of Scotland that was its consequence, and the emergence of Robert Bruce as the centre of Scottish resistance. The author pieces together from the surviving evidence a vivid and almost day-by-day account of Bruce's daring tactics, his crowning at Scone in March 1306, his defeat by the English three months later, and his life as a fugitive while Edward hunted down such supporters as he could lay his hands on.
Bruce was by no means fighting only the English: Professor Barrow reveals the complex and fluid webs of alliance between the adherents to the Balliols and the English and how Bruce was able first to subdue his enemies in Scotland and then convert them to his cause.
  

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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

Review: Robert Bruce and the Community of the Realm of Scotland

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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