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Though it's often forgotten today, Robert the Bruce was a bit shiftier, if only out of necessity. Robert the Bruce has become a figure of Scottish national legend, renowned as the man who threw off the shackles of English oppression. Prior to 1306, this Anglo-Scottish nobleman did little to cover himself in glory or to earn a reputation as a hero of the national cause. A member of one of Scotland's leading noble families, Bruce inherited his grandfather's claim to the right to be king of the Scots. That older Bruce had been one of the two leading competitors in the Great Cause, and the family still held ambitions toward the throne. They also held resentments dating back to that disputed inheritance against the Balliol clan and their supporters, the Comyns.

Of course this was all forgiven and forgotten after Bannockburn and Bruce's rise to the Scottish throne, which he held for over two decades. Robert the Bruce and the Wars of Scottish Independence: The History of the Famous King of Scots' Rise to Power analyzes the life of Robert the Bruce and the events that led to his rise as the most famous Scottish king of the Middle Ages.

©2012 Charles River Editors (P)2015 Charles River Editors

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Not quite on topic.

Seemed more of a history of Wallace and Edward I than of Robert the Bruce. I can understand people need context but it still felt like the book didn't say enough about the topic it was supposed to cover. Still a good book though.

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Misnamed!

There were some interesting points made in this work, but IMO this was more about both Edward I of England and William Wallace than it was about Robert Bruce. I know some background was necessary but the book was almost over before they really got to Bruce.

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  • jhlbeattie
  • 05-26-17

Dissapointing

The author had cut out all the interesting historical detail. not a single quote form the protagonists and no economic or social aspects. very poor.
The reader could not speak the queens English.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-18-17

Informative and interesting

All Good. I learned a great deal about Scotland and possible ancestry links. Recommend reading.