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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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The Legacy

The Legacy

(p.171) Chapter 8 The Legacy

Michael Brown

Edinburgh University Press

Robert Bruce secured his own peace treaty with England. The character of the war continued to be shaped by the strategies pursued by the Bruce brothers and by the fragmented nature of the English war effort. Bannockburn had a direct effect on Bruce's hopes of founding a dynasty. It also had a key significance in shifting the character of Scottish political society. Within Scotland, the importance of Bannockburn was in its strengthening of the Bruce dynasty. The significance of Bannockburn was the royal wars and the politics of the English and Scottish realms. It also represented a key turning point in the fortunes and attitudes of many of the aristocratic dynasties. As a symbol of Scotland's status as a fully sovereign and separate realm and community and of the limits to the power of the English crown, Bannockburn captures an era of conflict and competing national identities.

Keywords:   Robert Bruce, Bannockburn, Scottish political society, Scotland, English war, national identities

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