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The Scottish War and the Plantagenet Dominions (1307–1314)

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/9780748633326.003.0005
The Scottish War and the Plantagenet Dominions (1307–1314)

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The death of Edward I left his son a legacy of war and its costs. The handling of Scotland in the opening years of Edward II's reign was disastrous. He failed to use the funds collected to elicit expeditions against Robert Bruce. The lordship of Ireland presented far greater problems to King Edward than did Wales. However, it also had a more direct importance for the king in his war against Bruce. The Scottish war was about to entrench on the lordship, intensifying the existing problems facing the English administration and community and escalating ongoing conflicts between the two nations and within Irish kindreds. The poor judgement and relative inactivity of Edward II were major factors in the disastrous record of his rule. His conflicting needs and claims of his various dominions must also be recognised.

Keywords: Edward I; Edward II; Robert Bruce; Scotland; Ireland; Wales; lordship; Scottish war

Chapter.  11447 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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