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Scotland: A Kingdom Divided

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/9780748633326.003.0004
Scotland: A Kingdom Divided

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Robert Bruce's survival and then success in war allowed him to present himself as the king of Scots and as a rival source of authority to the English crown. His rule has long been linked with ideas of the community of the realm. Between 1307 and 1314 the Scottish community, the men and women who formed the political class, was divided in two. The political attitudes of Robert's Scottish enemies were more varied and ambiguous. The choices of allegiance of Scotland's nobility were important to the course of the war. The Scottish church had long played a role in articulating and defining the existence and liberties which belonged to Scotland as a kingdom and community. The lands between the Grampians and the Tay experienced warfare. Scotland remained a divided kingdom despite the military successes won by King Robert.

Keywords: kingdom; Robert Bruce; Scottish community; political class; Scotland; nobility; war; Scottish church

Chapter.  8301 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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