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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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The King over the Water

The King over the Water

(p.143) Seven The King over the Water
Robert Bruce

G.W.S. Barrow

Edinburgh University Press

At the turn of 1299-1300 Robert Bruce may have tried to make a bid for pre-eminent leadership in Scotland; the possibility of the restoration of Balliol and hostility to the Comyns would have encouraged him to do this. If so, however, he was unsuccessful; instead, he changed sides and became a supporter of Edward I. This allowed him to marry Elizabeth de Burgh, daughter of the earl of Ulster, strengthening his contacts with Ireland. A major defeat for the French king by the Flemish at Courtrai in 1302 enabled Edward I to mount a full-scale invasion of Scotland 1303-4 and to capture Stirling Castle.

Keywords:   Robert Bruce, John Balliol, Comyns, Edward I, Elizabeth de Burgh, Courtrai, Stirling Castle

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