The Demonisation of King John

Fiona Watson

in Scottish History

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780748614196
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653317 | DOI:
The Demonisation of King John

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This chapter investigates the reputation of King John Balliol, showing how his defamation at the hands of English chroniclers was matched by their Scottish counterparts busily orchestrating the epiphany of Robert Bruce. Indeed, as Bruce's stature grew in the course of the nineteenth century that of Balliol suffered further traducement, though currently something of role reversal is detected.

Keywords: King John Balliol; defamation; Robert Bruce

Chapter.  7394 words. 

Subjects: Regional and Area Studies

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