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BannockburnThe Scottish War and the British Isles 1307-1323$
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Michael Brown

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748633326

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633326.001.0001

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Scotland: A Kingdom Divided

Scotland: A Kingdom Divided

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(p.52) Chapter 3 Scotland: A Kingdom Divided
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Bannockburn
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Michael Brown

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633326.003.0004

Robert Bruce's survival and then success in war allowed him to present himself as the king of Scots and as a rival source of authority to the English crown. His rule has long been linked with ideas of the community of the realm. Between 1307 and 1314 the Scottish community, the men and women who formed the political class, was divided in two. The political attitudes of Robert's Scottish enemies were more varied and ambiguous. The choices of allegiance of Scotland's nobility were important to the course of the war. The Scottish church had long played a role in articulating and defining the existence and liberties which belonged to Scotland as a kingdom and community. The lands between the Grampians and the Tay experienced warfare. Scotland remained a divided kingdom despite the military successes won by King Robert.

Keywords:   kingdom, Robert Bruce, Scottish community, political class, Scotland, nobility, war, Scottish church

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