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Who is this King of Glory? Robert I of Scotland (1306-29), Holy Week and the consecration of St Andrews Cathedral

As an aspiring monarch Robert Bruce had the best of teachers – King Edward I of England. According to Sir Thomas Gray, Robert served in his youth as a ‘bachelor’ in Edward I’s household. If so, this may have brought the young Bruce into direct contact with Edward’s masterful deployment of ceremony, institutional space, image, text and liturgy.

Robert the Bruce and Leprosy

There has always been some doubt as to whether Bruce, who died in 1329, did suffer from leprosy.

Marjorie Bruce, Princess of Scotland and mother of the Stewart dynasty of Kings of Scots

Marjorie Bruce, Princess of Scotland, was the only child of the first marriage of King Robert I the Bruce with Isabella of Mar. Marjorie would suffer greatly through the Scottish Wars of Independence, surviving to marry and become the mother of the child who would go on to found the Stewart dynasty of Kings.

Elizabeth de Burgh, Queen of Scotland

When Robert the Bruce carried on his fight for the Scottish throne, Elizabeth and the rest of Bruce’s family were to suffer the consequences.

Letter from Robert the Bruce to Edward II discovered – attempt at peace before Bannockburn

New research has revealed a letter written in 1310 by Robert Bruce to King Edward II, presenting historians with fresh information about a pivotal time in the Wars of Scottish Independence.

Aristocratic Politics and the Crisis of Scottish Kingship, 1286–96

In late 1292 the new king of Scots, John Balliol, did homage to Edward as his superior lord and during the next three years lived with the consequences of this act.

Bruce, Balliol and the lordship of Galloway: south-western Scotland and the Wars of Independence

Overshadowed by the better documented and more closely studied Bruce campaigns in the north east, the savage civil war which convulsed the lordship between 1306 and 1314, and again from 1332 to 1356, is a neglected area of potentially great value, as it stemmed from a failure of Bruce policies.

Men for all seasons? The Strathbogie earls of Atholl and the Wars of Independence, c.1290-c.1335

When Edward Balliol died without direct heirs in 1364, the dynastic rivalry between the Bruce and Balliol families that existed since 1290 came to an end.

The Kingship of Robert I (1306-29)

The year 1318 was dramatically representative of the fortunes of the kingship of Robert Bruce. It was also typical of his flint-edged and adaptable response to such fates and makes it plain that Robert’s strongest model for his own style of rule and the recasting of the office of King of Scots was surely that of his early antagonist, the formidable Edward I of England.

‘With a Vertu and Leawté’: Masculine Relationships in Medieval Scotland

When the subject of men in medieval Scotland is mentioned, it often conjures up images of muscular, kilted, claymore-wielding warriors intent on national independence, an image informed more by Mel Gibson’s 1995 Braveheart than by historical fact.

‘A fell coniuracioun agayn Robert the douchty king’: the Soules conspiracy of 1318-1320

An anlysis of the plot against Robert I, discovered in 1320, and hitherto dismissed as a scheme led by a desparate minority: this paper argues it was in fact a Balliol plot to dethrone Bruce.

Reputations in Scottish History: King Robert the Bruce (1274-1329)

Have peculiarly Scottish circumstances and processes of change over time coalesced to leave this hero king with a reputation which would, in another country, have taken a more vibrant form far sooner?

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