Robert The Bruce: Champion Of A Nation

April 1, 2020|
Robert The Bruce: Champion Of A Nation by Stephen Spinks
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Robert the Bruce is a man of both history and legend. In his lifetime he secured Scottish independence in the face of English imperial aggression then under the leadership of Edward I and then Edward II. He was the victor of Bannockburn, a self-made king against the odds, and is marked in history as a champion of the Scottish nation. And yet the life and career of Bruce is not always so straightforward. Stephen Spinks seeks to examine this most enigmatic of kings beyond the myths and legends to reveal him both in the context of his time, his people and in his actions.Stephen shows that Bruce was a complex man, confronted by hardships and difficult and often dangerous decisions. He was never born to rule and yet his kingship resounds even today. As the murderer of John Comyn, a rival for the Scottish crown, he sent shockwaves across Europe and received the condemnation of kings and popes. He battled against a divided Scotland to secure his rule, invaded Ireland with his brother Edward, and systematically fought a guerrilla war against the English and won. He was at times a desperate man. Yet he also cultivated the symbols of kingship, was pious and cared and fought deeply for his fiercely held rights and beliefs. Bruce not only unified his kingdom and secured its independence, but forged a far-reaching legacy that, even now, lives on.
Stephen Spinks wrote his dissertation on Edward II while studying at King's College, London. He works for the National Trust and manages three Medieval heritage sites with 900 volunteers and 150 staff. He is a columnist for Midlands Zone magazine, in which he writes a very well received exploration of life as a gay man today, partly po...
Title:Robert The Bruce: Champion Of A NationFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:336 pages, 9.21 X 6.14 X 1.1 inShipping dimensions:336 pages, 9.21 X 6.14 X 1.1 inPublished:April 1, 2020Publisher:Amberley PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1445685078

ISBN - 13:9781445685076

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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