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Nine Centuries of ManManhood and Masculinity in Scottish History$
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Lynn Abrams and Elizabeth L. Ewan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474403894

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403894.001.0001

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Contrasting Kingly and Knightly Masculinities in Barbour’s Bruce

Contrasting Kingly and Knightly Masculinities in Barbour’s Bruce

(p.122) 6 Contrasting Kingly and Knightly Masculinities in Barbour’s Bruce
Nine Centuries of Man

Sergi Mainer

Edinburgh University Press

The chapter examines the multiple representations, evolution and opposition of masculine constructions in John Barbour’s Brus (c.1375) which tells the story of Scotland’s First War of Independence. The two main heroes, Robert Bruce and James Douglas are shown to represent a fluid masculinity, adapting to the changing social and political circumstances of medieval Scotland. This is contrasted with the negative models of Edward I and Edward Bruce. The chapter discusses the results of the initial absence of proper leaders and male models, secondly the evolution of Bruce and Douglas into ideal king and knight, and finally the interactions of the male protagonists with women. Patriarchy is shown to operate not only in the power of men over women, but also in the authority that groups of men exercise over other groups according to social hierarchies.

Keywords:   Scotland, masculinity, poetry, Robert Bruce, kingship, knighthood, patriarchy, social hierarchies

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