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Robert BruceAnd the Community of the Realm of Scotland$
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G W S Barrow

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748620227

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620227.001.0001

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In Search of Robert Bruce

In Search of Robert Bruce

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(p.405) Fifteen In Search of Robert Bruce
Source:
Robert Bruce
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G.W.S. Barrow

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620227.003.0015

It is hard to get close to Bruce's personality; Barbour's account is vivid but over-emphasises the chivalric qualities of the fourteenth-century ruling classes. Religious devotion played an important part in Bruce's life, if in a conventional way; he showed especial fondness for the cults of Sts Fillan, Andrew, Cuthbert and Thomas Becket (to whom Arbroath Abbey was dedicated). A domestic side of Bruce's character emerges in his decision to build a manor house with garden and park at Cardross on the Firth of Clyde, but he had only three years to enjoy it before his death there in 1329.

Keywords:   Personality, Barbour, Saints' cults, Cardross, Bruce's death 1329

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