Europe and the Scottish Wars

Michael Brown

in The Wars of Scotland 1214–1371

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780748612376
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672301 | DOI:
Europe and the Scottish Wars

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From the 1290s onwards, Scotland would be one of a number of smaller lands caught up in the rivalry of the greatest rulers of north-west Europe, the kings of England and their lords, the kings of France. Like Flanders, Aquitaine, and later Brittany, Scotland was one arena in this rivalry. The Scots' predicament in the face of internal and external threats and their responses to them were not without parallels in the actions of other communities in the west between 1280 and 1360. This chapter assesses the influence of such external factors on Scottish attitudes and experiences during the long crisis.

Keywords: Scotland; northwest Europe; England France; kings; Scottish attitudes; Scottish history

Chapter.  7617 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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