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Robert the Bruce: King of Scots

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Robert the Bruce is one of the great heroic figures of history. When after years of struggle Scotland was reduced to a vassal state by Edward I of England it was Bruce who, supported by the Scottish Church and a group of devoted followers, had himself crowned at Scone as King of Scots and renewed the fight for freedom. Ronald McNair Scott has used the accounts of contempor
Paperback, 254 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Westview Press (first published 1982)
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Jeffrey Keeten
The Scots were so divided among themselves that sometimes the father was on the Scottish side and the son on the English and vice versa: also one brother might be with the Scots and another with the English; yea, even the same individual be first with one party and then with another. But all those who were with the English were merely feigning, either because it was the stronger party, or in order to save the lands they possessed in England: for their hearts were always with their own people, al ...more
Anja Fruelund
Forget William Wallace, Robert the Bruce was so much cooler. He was crafty and cunning with an ability to adapt and change his strategy according to shifting circumstances, never restricted by the strategic conventions of warfare like his English peers. On top of that he remained true to chivalric code and was humane and generous even to those opposing him - even the English chroniclers had to admit that.
A fabulous read with wonderful anecdotes and vivid description of the Scottish fight for ind
Andrew Tollemache
This book makes a great counter weight to anytime one watches "BraveHeart" to realize how utter full of BS many Hollywood historically based films can be. In "Robert the Bruce: King of the Scots" we learn that unlike the mealy mouthed and moody man, weeping with envy at the exploits of Wallace, (played by Angus MacFadyen in the Gibson movie); the real Robert the Bruce was far more important to the outcome of the Scottish Wars of Independence than William Wallace. The real William Wallace, who b ...more
Abigail Hartman
A well-written and informative look at the life of Robert Bruce and the wars for Scottish independence. William Wallace also puts in an appearance at the beginning, and then there's the Black Douglas, who is full of awesome, end of story.
Lynn Diane
Aug 02, 2014 Lynn Diane rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
I watched a TV special on Robert the Bruce. Because of my own Scottish heritage, and because I know he (not Mel Gibson) was the real Braveheart, I wanted to read more about him. Wrong book to choose. Bor-ing!!
Raymond Brown
A very good read. The history of the success of Robert in achieving independence for Scotland is full of twists and turns. At one point it seemed highly improbable that he would succeed. But like a sign of the times in the borderland the pendulum would swing back and eventually he would prevail. I was very interested in this volume as my wife's ancestors were contemporaries of Robert. In fact, Robert de Umfreville opposed Robert the Bruce at the Battle of Bannockburn, lost title to many Scottish ...more
T.O. Munro
Robert the Bruce's life story rivals King Arthur's for drama, pageantry and pathos. Yet The Bruce is an entirely true historical character faithfully rendered in Ronald McNair Scott's thrilling account. The people and events of the time leap from the pages. While I would not wish to downplay the contribution of William Wallace, the portrayal of Robert the Bruce in "Braveheart" profoundly misrepresents this skilled and charismatic liberator of Scotland.

This book is an effective antidote to the si
Feb 27, 2015 Elizabeth is currently reading it
This is interesting but dry dry dry. It is a tough slog! I keep picking it up again but you ned to be able to concentrate.
Bev Mynott
This is one of the definitive history books on Robert the Bruce and the Scottish Wars of Independence, but it wasn't a dry read at all. It was very interesting with good analysis of what was happening and why, of the driving forces behind Bruce's decisions and actions. My only complaint was that it seemed too short and a little rushed, hardly touching on some of the key characters such as William Lamberton, Robert Wishart or Elizabeth de Burgh (Bruce's wife).
A good read, nonetheless, and one th
Rose Ann
Very well done, gracefully and vividly written, carefully documented. Highly recommended.
I read this book in connection with a burgeoning interested in genealogy (I have Scottish ancestry). This book is a really good nonfiction read, and I enjoyed learning about the true Robert the Bruce after seeing the fictionalized (and much maligned, in my opinion) character in Braveheart.
I read this book years ago and it still stays with me. Robert the Bruce is my ancestor. Reading this book was like actually living in another age for me. I couldn't put it down. This book is history very well done! The people and locations came alive for me. I loved every page.
Yury Lyandres
It makes sense as an introduction to Anglo-Scot affairs. From anglocentric perspective, it gives a bit more info on Robert Bruce as an anglo-scottish noble, which is difficult to come across in general books on Scottish Wars if Independence.
Interesting book. Anyone who enjoys history and may have Scottish ancestors would enjoy learning about the history of Scotland. Robert Bruce was central to the history of Scotland.
For those with ties to Scotland, this is a great addition to your library. I learned alot about Scotland. The book is well written and a good reference.
Not as well-written as I might have liked but a fascinating story takes care of any stylistic shortcomings.
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Fascinating story about my ancestor. Brilliant writing. I will finish this some day.
Great book on Robert the Bruce. It reads like a novel. I could not put it down.
David Morrison
Detail, thorough and quite pacy - best on the subject.
An interesting person who shaped a nation.
A brilliant book; if not given to the flair for the dramatic at times, which tends to paint Robert the Bruce in the most brilliant of lights. He was certainly one of the greatest generals that ever lived (ranking up there with the likes of Hannibal and Napoleon), this little known king forged the nation of Scotland on perhaps the most unpredictable of consequences. Dogged, determined, relentless and a genius strategist, his thirty year war for the independence of Scotland is one of the greatest ...more
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