The King over the Water

G.W.S. Barrow

in Robert Bruce

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780748620227
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672189 | DOI:
The King over the Water

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At the turn of 1299-1300 Robert Bruce may have tried to make a bid for pre-eminent leadership in Scotland; the possibility of the restoration of Balliol and hostility to the Comyns would have encouraged him to do this. If so, however, he was unsuccessful; instead, he changed sides and became a supporter of Edward I. This allowed him to marry Elizabeth de Burgh, daughter of the earl of Ulster, strengthening his contacts with Ireland. A major defeat for the French king by the Flemish at Courtrai in 1302 enabled Edward I to mount a full-scale invasion of Scotland 1303-4 and to capture Stirling Castle.

Keywords: Robert Bruce; John Balliol; Comyns; Edward I; Elizabeth de Burgh; Courtrai; Stirling Castle

Chapter.  11361 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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