"... earliest biography of a Scot,...in a simple and clear modern translation and with enough notations to explain the background..." -- Books in Scotland, Autumn 1996
"Definitely a must for enthusiasts." -- Scotlands Quality Literary Magazine, September 10, 1997
"Its an excellent read for the connoisseur of Scottish history..." -- Dumfries and Galloway Standard, November 13, 1996
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Barbours The Bruce tells the story of King Robert I, the Bruce, Scotlands great patriotic hero. In it the Wars of Independence, during which the Scots fought against the English for the right to be an independent nation, reach a climax. Years of conflict and fierce guerrilla warfare culminate in the great set battle of Bannockburn. The English army is routed and the English king, Edward, and his army are sent flying southwards to think again.
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.