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Robert Bruce

And the Community of the Realm of Scotland: An Edinburgh Classic Edition

G W S Barrow
Introduction by Michael Brown

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An Edinburgh Classic edition to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314

'Amidst this healthy climate of divergence and debate, Robert Bruce and the Community of the Realm of Scotland has continued to provide an authoritative and accessible analysis of the history of Scotland between 1286 and 1329. It presents a portrait of an era and a study of its central figure which is a masterpiece of historical writing. The reach and impact of this book has travelled well beyond Scotland.' - Michael Brown, University of St Andrews

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Contents

Contents
Maps vii
Abbreviations ix
Preface xi
1. A Kingdom in Perplexity
2. Bruce of Annandale
3. Bruce versus Balliol
4. A Lamb among Wolves
5. Two Kinds of War
6. Experiments in Guardianship
7. The King over the Water
8. Defeat
9. Revolution
10. A King in Search of his Throne
11. The Turn of the Tide
12. Bannockburn
13. War and Peace
14. Good King Robert
The Clergy
The Nobles
The Community of the Realm
15. In Search of Robert Bruce
Appendix
Notes to Chapters
Genealogical Tables
Table of Dates
Index.

About the Author

G. W. S. Barrow was Sir William Fraser Professor of Scottish History and Palaeography, University of Edinburgh, 1979–92. His books include Feudal Britain (London, 1956); Robert Bruce and the Community of the Realm of Scotland (4th edition, Edinburgh, 2005); The Anglo-Norman Era in Scottish History (Oxford, 1980 – his Ford lectures); Scotland and its Neighbours in the Middle Ages (London, 1992); and The Kingdom of the Scots (2nd edition, Edinburgh, 2003).

Reviews

An outstanding and comprehensive study of the motivation and the making of Scotland's national hero.

- First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond

This magnificent study of Scotland’s hero king is the masterwork of Professor Geoffrey Barrow, one of the nation’s greatest medievalists of the modern era. First published nearly half a century ago, it remains without compare as the book on Robert the Bruce.

- Tom Devine, Personal Senior Research Professor of History, University of Edinburgh, Endorsement

Amidst this healthy climate of divergence and debate, Robert Bruce and the Community of the Realm of Scotland has continued to provide an authoritative and accessible analysis of the history of Scotland between 1286 and 1329. It presents a portrait of an era and a study of its central figure which is a masterpiece of historical writing. The reach and impact of this book has travelled well beyond Scotland.

- Michael Brown, University of St Andrews

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