The story of the stirring deeds of Robert the Bruce, Scotland's great patriotic hero and freedom fighter. This modern prose translation captures the vigour of the fourteenth-century original.
Robert the Bruce himself was famed for his courage, chivalry and humane treatment of those defeated. His military exploits are unmatched in Scottish history, but he was motivated not by personal ambition but by an inextinguishable love for freedom. He was accompanied in his great feats of arms by his faithful lieutenant, Sir James Douglas, the Black Douglas. Their friendship went beyond death. After the death of The Bruce, the Black Douglas carried his kings heart into battle against the Saracens.
Barbour wrote The Bruce during the second half of the fourteenth century, and it is one of the great achievements of Scots writing. The narrative, full of colourful personalities, carries the reader along from castle and court into the thick of battle. Ringing through it all is the theme of the importance of individual and national liberty. For too long this seminal work of Scottish literature has been available only to scholars able to read medieval Scots. This translation by Eyre-Todd into modern English prose (first published in 1907) fully captures the vigour and verve of the original. It is a vital book for everyone who cares about Scotland.