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Robert Bruce: And the Community of the Realm of Scotland

G W S Barrow

Abstract

The death of the Scottish king Alexander III on 18 March 1286 plunged his kingdom into uncertainty, as the Scots faced first the prospect of a small child as queen and then, on her death, competing claims to the throne by distant heirs, descendants of the twelfth-century king David I. Faced with these difficulties, the earls, barons and ecclesiastical leaders of Scotland chose a group of representatives, the ‘Guardians’, to govern the country and act on behalf of the community of the realm. The succession dispute was exploited by Edward I of England, keen to exercise overlordship over the Scot ... More

Keywords: Robert Bruce, Community of the realm of Scotland, Guardians, William Wallace, Edward I, War, Independence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780748620227
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620227.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

G W S Barrow, author