In the Footsteps of Robert Bruce: In Scotland, Northern England and Ireland

Overview

For over 600 years, Robert Bruce has occupied a unique place in Scottish history. Yet behind the legendary figure is a complex, and in many ways more intriguing, picture. Bruce was a man who not only led his nation to a famous victory over the English at Bannockburn, but also overcame powerful odds to fulfil his family's long-held ambition for political control in Scotland.

This book, illustrated with superb colour and black and white photographs, takes the reader on a journey ...

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Overview

For over 600 years, Robert Bruce has occupied a unique place in Scottish history. Yet behind the legendary figure is a complex, and in many ways more intriguing, picture. Bruce was a man who not only led his nation to a famous victory over the English at Bannockburn, but also overcame powerful odds to fulfil his family's long-held ambition for political control in Scotland.

This book, illustrated with superb colour and black and white photographs, takes the reader on a journey from Bruce's birth in south-west Scotland to his kingship and triumph at Bannockburn and finally to his death as King of Scotland in 1329, covering in detail all of the principal characters and dramatic settings of the major political and military events of the period.

In the Footsteps of Robert Bruce is an essential companion for an adventure through the landscapes and places associated with Robert Bruce in Scotland, northern England and Ireland, and a fascinating exploration of the turbulent history surrounding Scotland's hero king.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752456423
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 7/9/2010
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Young has written widely on Scottish and northern English history, and is the author of The Pilgrim Jubilees and Robert the Bruce's Rivals, among others. Michael J. Stead has gained a reputation as one of Britain's leading landscape photographers. Together they have also written In the Footsteps of William Wallace.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgements ix

1 Hero King Robert Bruce 1

Patriot Hero Robert Bruce 4

2 Political Crisis and the Power Game 19

The Comyns: Bruce's Greatest Opposition 28

3 Bruce, Wallace and the Scottish Wars 39

York and the Scottish Wars 58

4 Bruce's Coup and the Death of Comyn the Red 72

A Hero in Defeat William Wallace 78

5 Kingship and the Campaign for Power 98

6 Bruce in Triumph 124

Bannockburn 126

The Bruces in Ireland 146

Appendix: Access to Sites 183

Bibliography 185

Index 188

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