Robert the Bruce : King of the Scots

by Penman, Michael A.,

Format: Print Book 2014
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction DA783.4.P46 2014
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  DA783.4.P46 2014
Robert the Bruce (1274#150;1329) famously defeated the English at Bannockburn and became the hero king responsible for Scottish independence. In this fascinating new biography of the renowned warrior, Michael Penman focuses on Robert's kingship in the fifteen years that followed his triumphant victory and establishes Robert as not only a great military leader but a great monarch.
Robert faced a slow and often troubled process of legitimating his authority, restoring government, rewarding his supporters, accommodating former enemies, and controlling the various regions of his kingdom, none of which was achieved overnight. Penman investigates Robert's resettlement of lands and offices, the development of Scotland's parliaments, his handling of plots to overthrow him, his relations with his family and allies, his piety and court ethos, and his conscious development of an image of kingship through the use of ceremony and symbol. In doing so, Penman repositions Robert within the context of wider European political change, religion, culture, and national identity as well as recurrent crises of famine and disease.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, Robert the Bruce defeated the English and won Scotland's independence, winning for himself a place in the history books as a heroic military leader. But Bannockburn was just the beginning of Scotland's struggle to define itself, and as the victor, responsibility fell on Robert. Drawing on a trove of historical archives, Penman challenges the portrait of Robert's reign gleaned mostly from epic poetry to offer a more nuanced portrait of a man who understood the challenges he faced beyond the battlefield. As monarch in the 15 years following the battle, Robert faced challenges to his authority and struggles to restore government and order as he rewarded supporters and made peace with former enemies. Penman details the social forces Robert faced at the time, from the reconfiguring of aristocratic and ecclesiastical interests to the development of a parliament, from the establishment of a national identity to creation of the symbols and ceremonies of the monarchy. Dense with research, Penman's look at Scotland's King Robert the Bruce fascinates.--Bush, Vanessa Copyright 2014 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this meticulous biography, University of Stirling historian Penman uses extant records to trace the life of Robert the Bruce (1274-1329), one of the most romantic characters in Scottish history. Penman explores the paradox of cold-blooded ambition mixed with a devout faith; Robert had only a tenuous claim to the throne of Scotland and his political skill in uniting or quelling various rival factions is explained in detail. The Scots' victory against the English at Bannockburn is treated as another step in Robert's campaign to establish his crown, as he fought both the English king and rival claimants to the throne. William Wallace is also shown in a more historically-accurate light. Penman goes beyond war and politics, taking into account natural events such as crop failure and a pestilence that decimated cattle herds. His thorough research makes this an excellent reference; the same attention to detail, however, can make it difficult to keep track of the various families and generations. Nevertheless, Penman's book is a welcome scholarly treatment of Robert the Bruce, the man who kept Scotland independent and founded the Stewart dynasty. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."

Additional Information
Subjects Robert -- I, -- King of Scots, -- 1274-1329.
Scotland -- History -- Robert I, 1306-1329.
Scotland -- Kings and rulers -- Biography.
Publisher New Haven :Yale University Press,2014
Language English
Description vii, 443 pages : illustrations, maps, genealogical tables ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 337-405) and index.
ISBN 9780300148725
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