In Search of Robert Bruce

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:
In Search of Robert Bruce

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It is hard to get close to Bruce's personality; Barbour's account is vivid but over-emphasises the chivalric qualities of the fourteenth-century ruling classes. Religious devotion played an important part in Bruce's life, if in a conventional way; he showed especial fondness for the cults of Sts Fillan, Andrew, Cuthbert and Thomas Becket (to whom Arbroath Abbey was dedicated). A domestic side of Bruce's character emerges in his decision to build a manor house with garden and park at Cardross on the Firth of Clyde, but he had only three years to enjoy it before his death there in 1329.

Keywords: Personality; Barbour; Saints' cults; Cardross; Bruce's death 1329

Chapter.  6805 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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