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The Early Stewart Kings: Robert II and Robert III (Stewart Dynasty in Scotland) Paperback – 3 Aug 2007


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: John Donald Short Run Press; Reprint edition (3 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904607683
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904607687
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 786,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Boardman is a Reader in Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Casley TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Feb. 2014
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This is the first volume in the series of books on ‘The Stewart Dynasty in Scotland’. It covers the reigns of the first two Stewarts, Robert II and Robert III, 1371-1406. It was published in 1996. It has 364 pages, eleven monochrome plates, four maps, and five tables.

In his foreword, the series’s editor Norman Macdougall states the book is “the first scholarly study of the early Stewart kings.” Why this should be so is elaborated upon by the book’s author, Stephen Boardman. In his preface he explains why these two founding fathers of the Stewart reign have inspired only “a perennial lack of interest” but he hopes his book will lead to a re-assessment of them, “so long synonymous with inadequacy and failure.” (Indeed, Neil Oliver, in his ‘History of Scotland’ gives the whole period covered by this book a mere few paragraphs.)

Boardman’s book has ten chapters that take us through the two reigns in chronological order. His is a history of the kings and the powerful magnates of the realm, rather than of the realm itself and its times. I précis the subject matter of each chapter below to give the potential purchaser an idea of what to expect, and why also this period is worthy of appreciation if only for the pure family drama that is played out. Shakespeare would have done it proud had he been Scottish.

Chapter one tracks the reign of David II with the Stewarts not always being acknowledged as heirs apparent. Chapter two describes how conditions allowed for a smooth transfer of power and how Robert II consolidated his hold. Boardman writes how, “Much of the negative imagery surrounding Robert II’s political control over his kingdom in fact stemmed from the activities of his sons, especially Alexander and Walter, after the king’s death.
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