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Nowhere is this more convincingly demonstrated than in the attempted annexation of Scotland by Edward I of England, already conqueror of Wales. Why could he not succeed against an enemy he regarded as so inferior? The answer is complicated, encompassing questions of provisioning and morale on the one side, and national identity and leadership on the other. The Scotland of Wallace and Bruce nearly succumbed, having wrestled with contradictory desires for independence, and for stability and united government, for nearly a decade. The fact that, ultimately, she did not give in illustrates that patriotism and its complement, self-interest, unmeasured and unremarked in account books and recruitment rolls, do indeed play a central role in discussions of war and conquest, as they do in history itself.
Fiona Watson examines the process of conquest and attempt colonisation of one medieval kingdom by another, concentrating on the most vital aspect of conquest: the maintenance of garrisons. She shows how the kingdom of Scotland was able to marshal its resources and create a coherent and cohesive national front to deal with a more powerful enemy, illustrating the complicated and conflicting needs of a medieval society in the face of a developing national consciousness.
Under the Hammer provides a much clearer picture of medieval Scotland - its varying component parts; its sense of self; its strengths and weaknesses. Much of this will surprise.
Fiona Watson is Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Stirling.