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.
|Publisher:||Yale University Press|
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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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Robert the Bruce is an excellent book to read about the Scottish king. I thought it was well researched and documented. Recommended. 5 stars.