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Scottish HistoryThe Power of the Past$
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Edward J Cowan and Richard J Finlay

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780748614196

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614196.001.0001

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The Demonisation of King John

The Demonisation of King John

(p.29) Chapter 2 The Demonisation of King John
Scottish History

Fiona Watson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter investigates the reputation of King John Balliol, showing how his defamation at the hands of English chroniclers was matched by their Scottish counterparts busily orchestrating the epiphany of Robert Bruce. Indeed, as Bruce's stature grew in the course of the nineteenth century that of Balliol suffered further traducement, though currently something of role reversal is detected.

Keywords:   King John Balliol, defamation, Robert Bruce

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