Robert the Bruce: King of the Scots

Robert the Bruce: King of the Scots

by Michael Penman


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Robert the Bruce (1274–1329) famously defeated the English at Bannockburn and became the hero king responsible for Scottish independence. In this fascinating new biography of the renowned warrior, Michael Penman focuses on Robert’s kingship in the fifteen years that followed his triumphant victory and establishes Robert as not only a great military leader but a great monarch.

Robert faced a slow and often troubled process of legitimating his authority, restoring government, rewarding his supporters, accommodating former enemies, and controlling the various regions of his kingdom, none of which was achieved overnight. Penman investigates Robert’s resettlement of lands and offices, the development of Scotland’s parliaments, his handling of plots to overthrow him, his relations with his family and allies, his piety and court ethos, and his conscious development of an image of kingship through the use of ceremony and symbol. In doing so, Penman repositions Robert within the context of wider European political change, religion, culture, and national identity as well as recurrent crises of famine and disease.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300240313
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 08/28/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 456
Sales rank: 591,999
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Michael Penman is senior lecturer in history at the University of Stirling.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Maps vi

Genealogical Tables viii

A Note about Distances, Money and Bibliography x

Introduction: Re-opening the 'Book on Bruce' 1

Part 1 To be King

1 Body and Soul: Formative Years, 1274-92 13

2 Conflict: Earl of Carrick, 1293-99 38

3 Dead End: Vacillation, 1300-6 64

4 You Can't Get Away with Murder: King Robert, 1306-10 92

5 The Harder they Fall: Victory in Scotland, 1310-14 118

Part 2 After Bannockburn

6 The Desperate Hours: War and Famine, 1314-17 149

7 Dark Victory: the Price for Berwick, 1317-19 177

8 Dark Passage: in Search of Respite, 1319-22 209

9 To Have and Have Not: King of Scotland, 1322-26 235

10 Dead Reckoning: Peace and Piety, 1326-28 266

11 Beat the Devil: Preparing for the End, 1328-29 296

Conclusion: Bruce Kingship and the Legacy of Scotland's Wars, c.1286-c.1329 309

Appendix: Councils and Parliaments of Robert I, 1306-29 332

Abbreviations 334

Notes 337

Acknowledgements 406

Index 408

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amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Robert the Bruce is an excellent book to read about the Scottish king. I thought it was well researched and documented. Recommended. 5 stars.