The Legacy

Michael Brown

in Bannockburn

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780748633326
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672127 | DOI:
The Legacy

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Robert Bruce secured his own peace treaty with England. The character of the war continued to be shaped by the strategies pursued by the Bruce brothers and by the fragmented nature of the English war effort. Bannockburn had a direct effect on Bruce's hopes of founding a dynasty. It also had a key significance in shifting the character of Scottish political society. Within Scotland, the importance of Bannockburn was in its strengthening of the Bruce dynasty. The significance of Bannockburn was the royal wars and the politics of the English and Scottish realms. It also represented a key turning point in the fortunes and attitudes of many of the aristocratic dynasties. As a symbol of Scotland's status as a fully sovereign and separate realm and community and of the limits to the power of the English crown, Bannockburn captures an era of conflict and competing national identities.

Keywords: Robert Bruce; Bannockburn; Scottish political society; Scotland; English war; national identities

Chapter.  10670 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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