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The Bannockburn War (1307–13)

Michael Brown

in Bannockburn

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780748633326
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672127 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633326.003.0003
The Bannockburn War (1307–13)

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Robert Bruce tried to win his kingdom. He could not win a straight military contest against the resources at Edward's disposal. The survival of Bruce as a military presence within Scotland challenged Edward's claims to rule. Edward dispelled Robert due to complaints. He departed to result a fresh campaign to Scotland. He was clearly not concerned with the smooth running of his dominions. Edward and Robert were keen to respond to the French king's intervention. They also desired a period of truce from motives which were closer to home. It is clarified that Edward II's ten months in Scotland had not changed the shape of his war with Bruce. The men of Lothian and the borders had bought similar truces from Bruce. Though tensions remained between the two factions in 1313, the patched-up agreement raised the possibility of a major royal expedition to Scotland.

Keywords: Robert Bruce; Edward; Scotland; Lothian; French king; war

Chapter.  13453 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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