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Robert the Bruce by Stephen Spinks

Robert the Bruce: Champion of a Nation

Stephen Spinks

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Category: History, Non-fiction
Imprint: Amberley Publishing
Publisher: Amberley Publishing
Publication date: 15 Dec 2019
ISBN: 9781445685076

A new and revealing portrait of the king behind the legend during the turmoil of the First Scottish Wars of Independence, based on primary sources.

3 stars out of 5
11 Jan 2020

"he shows great patience in unravelling the endless sequence of plots and counter-plots that have gone before"

The story of Robert the Bruce runs from the death of Alexander III of Scotland in 1286 to Robert’s own death in 1329, aged 54. His extraordinary achievement was to fend off both rivals at home and formidable English enemies to firmly establish his country’s independence.

Stephen Spinks’s final chapter, ‘Aftermath’, is in some ways his best, though he shows great patience in unravelling the endless sequence of plots and counter-plots that have gone before. Overcoming many obstacles and challenges, Bruce triumphed in the end — and unlike most leading players at the time, he died in his bed.

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