The story of how Robert Bruce outwitted Edward I, the shrewd and ruthless King of England, defeated his son Edward II, and in doing so regained Scotland's independence. Professor Barrow describes the dazzling and tragic career of William Wallace, the English military occupation of Scotland that was its consequence, and the emergence of Robert Bruce as the centre of Scottish resistance. The author pieces together from the surviving evidence a vivid and almost day-by-day account of Bruce's daring tactics, his crowning at Scone in March 1306, his defeat by the English three months later, and his life as a fugitive.
Geoffrey Barrow was Sir William Fraser Professor of Scottish History and Palaeography, University of Edinburgh, 1979-92, where he is currently Professor Emeritus.
Contents; Maps vii; Abbreviations ix; Preface xi; 1. A Kingdom in Perplexity; 2. Bruce of Annandale; 3. Bruce versus Balliol; 4. A Lamb among Wolves; 5. Two Kinds of War; 6. Experiments in Guardianship; 7. The King over the Water; 8. Defeat; 9. Revolution; 10. A King in Search of his Throne; 11. The Turn of the Tide; 12. Bannockburn; 13. War and Peace; 14. Good King Robert; The Clergy; The Nobles; The Community of the Realm; 15. In Search of Robert Bruce; Appendix; Notes to Chapters; Genealogical Tables; Table of Dates; Index.