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Though it's often forgotten today, Robert the Bruce was a bit shiftier, if only out of necessity. Robert the Bruce has become a figure of Scottish national legend, renowned as the man who threw off the shackles of English oppression. Prior to 1306, this Anglo-Scottish nobleman did little to cover himself in glory or to earn a reputation as a hero of the national cause. A member of one of Scotland's leading noble families, Bruce inherited his grandfather's claim to the right to be king of the Scots. That older Bruce had been one of the two leading competitors in the Great Cause, and the family still held ambitions toward the throne. They also held resentments dating back to that disputed inheritance against the Balliol clan and their supporters, the Comyns.

Of course this was all forgiven and forgotten after Bannockburn and Bruce's rise to the Scottish throne, which he held for over two decades. Robert the Bruce and the Wars of Scottish Independence: The History of the Famous King of Scots' Rise to Power analyzes the life of Robert the Bruce and the events that led to his rise as the most famous Scottish king of the Middle Ages.

©2012 Charles River Editors (P)2015 Charles River Editors

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Informative and interesting

All Good. I learned a great deal about Scotland and possible ancestry links. Recommend reading.

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  • Katie
  • 27-05-2017

Not quite on topic.

Seemed more of a history of Wallace and Edward I than of Robert the Bruce. I can understand people need context but it still felt like the book didn't say enough about the topic it was supposed to cover. Still a good book though.

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  • Betsy Roberts
  • 28-03-2018

Repeat of "Hammer of the Scots". RIP OFF!

This is just a precise rewriting of their book Hammer of the Scots, with one very slim chapter added at the end about Robert the Bruce. This is a total rip-off. You can be certain I will not be purchasing anything else by these authors like their books about Robert the Bruce and William Walpole. I am certain they will just be the same repeated chapters with a few very small additions.

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  • William
  • 30-11-2017

Misnamed!

There were some interesting points made in this work, but IMO this was more about both Edward I of England and William Wallace than it was about Robert Bruce. I know some background was necessary but the book was almost over before they really got to Bruce.

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  • Kev W.
  • 06-08-2018

Another oh dear.

This is the second Charles Rivers Editors book I have listened to, or rather, I tried to listen to, I didn't even finish the first chapter.
This had the same problem as the last one of theirs that I listened to, namely being told Scottish history by an American who doesn't know how to prenunciate place names or the names of people.

It is possible that Charles Rivers Editors are an American company catering for an American audience, but I won't be listening to anymore.

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  • jhlbeattie
  • 26-05-2017

poor

No character development or depth No cultural / economic background Famous recorded conversation details totally omitted bias in favour of the Scots.