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Robert the Bruce (Hardback)

Scotland's True Braveheart

P&S History > British History P&S History > By Century > 13th Century P&S History > By Century > 14th Century P&S History > Medieval World > Medieval History World History > UK & Ireland > Scotland

By Phil Carradice
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 200
Illustrations: 40 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781399002608
Published: 16th September 2022

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Robert the Bruce is a detailed account of the life and times of the Scottish hero and monarch. It covers his life from childhood to death, looking at the political, social and military life of Scotland before, during and after the time of Robert the Bruce.

The book looks at the relationship between The Bruce and people like Edward I and Edward II of England, William Wallace and the other contenders for the Scottish crown. The main thrust of the book is a chronological account of how The Bruce clawed his way to power, his struggles and battles and his eventual victory which gave Scotland independence and freedom from an acquisitive and warlike neighbour. It looks in detail at the murder of John Comyn, of which The Bruce stood accused, and the political ramifications of the killing.

Robert the Bruce was no saint. He was a ruthless, cunning warrior, a man of his times, dedicated to what he saw as his mission in life. Flawed he may have been but he was also a great King, a worthy warrior and a man who deserves to emerge from the shadow of William Wallace - a position to which he has been relegated ever since the film Braveheart.

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Edinburgh Life

A fascinating, documented, and informative historical/biographical study, historian Phil Carradice's "Robert the Bruce: Scotland's True Braveheart" also features four pages of Endnotes, a two page Bibliography, and a three page Index. While available for the personal reading lists of students, academia, and non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject, "Robert the Bruce: Scotland's True Braveheart" is an impressively and highly recommended addition to both community and academic library Scottish History, Military & Biography collections and supplemental curriculum syllabus.

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Midwest Book Review

This is a fantastic little book that takes a look at one of Scotland’s biggest heroes in Robert the Bruce, this book basically takes a chronological look at the life of Robert the Bruce. It looks at how he got on and communicated with the people of Scotland and the Scottish nobles who he would need to work alongside. The book takes us through the usual Scottish defeats and successes at a good but easy-to-read pace. This ranges from his early life, Edward Longshanks, Willam Wallace, Bannockburn and more. Now the author Phil Carradice is a favourite of mine because you always get a very good detailed book from him, maybe it’s because I’m big Scottish & Welsh history enthusiast. So I’m going to say this was a book I thoroughly enjoyed reading and would most definitely recommend it to others.

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The History Fella

"The author has produced a well-written, easy to read book which takes one along at a rollicking pace through all the main events and characters of the period."

Norfolk Family History Society - 'The Ancestor' magazine

Article: History of the Bruce: A thinker and tactical mastermind on battlefield

The Sunday Post (Dundee)

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About Phil Carradice

Phil Carradice is a well-known writer and historian with over 60 books to his credit. A poet, story teller and broadcaster, his most recent books are The Cuban Missile Crisis (Pen and Sword), The Call Up (Fonthill) and the novel Stargazers for Accent Press. He is a regular broadcaster on BBC Radio and TV, presents the BBC Wales History programme 'The Past Master' and is widely regarded as one of the finest creative writing tutors in Wales.

The birth of Robert the Bruce

11th July 1274

Robert the Bruce, king of Scotland from 1306–29, was born on 11 July 1274.


Robert the Bruce of Scotland defeats King Edward II of England at Byland

14th October 1322

Robert the Bruce of Scotland defeats King Edward II of England at Byland, forcing Edward to accept Scotland's independence


The death of Robert the Bruce

7th June 1329

Robert the Bruce, king of Scotland from 1306–29, died on 7 June 1329 in Dumbartonshire, Scotland.


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