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5.0 out of 5 stars for those that was more in-depth studies of Scotland
Everyone(thanks to Braveheart) has now heard of William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Longshanks. However, there was another big powerbroker in the struggles for Scotland's independence: Clan Comyn. John de Balliol was part of the Clan, and they ruled nearly 2/3s of Scotland during this period. When the choice for a King of Scotland was made after the death of...
Published on 14 Oct 2002 by Deborah MacGillivray

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3.0 out of 5 stars Well researched content, poor description of product.
As my family name is Cumming and a common first name in my line is Badenoch; and my grandfather always swore Robert the Bruce was an excommunicated murderer not a national hero at all; I was very happy to see the above for sale and will struggle through it despite the fact that although the condition was described as good; it has been extensively annotated in ink and...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars for those that was more in-depth studies of Scotland, 14 Oct 2002
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This review is from: Robert the Bruce's Rivals: The Comyns, 1212-1314 (Paperback)
Everyone(thanks to Braveheart) has now heard of William Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Longshanks. However, there was another big powerbroker in the struggles for Scotland's independence: Clan Comyn. John de Balliol was part of the Clan, and they ruled nearly 2/3s of Scotland during this period. When the choice for a King of Scotland was made after the death of Alexander and the Maid of Norway, it came down to two contenders: Robert the Competitor (Bruce's grandfather) and John de Balliol...both descendants from David Earl of Huntington,one from Clan Bruce and one from Clan Comyn. The Comyns were the powerbrokers of Balliol's short reign and were the largest impediment to Bruce's rising. And in the end, it took the murder of John Comyn in Greyfriars Abbey in 1314 to finally put Bruce in control of the country he would have to fight to rule.
But little focus is really paid to this very powerful Clan that influenced not only Scotland, but England during this period. Alan Young finally brings Clan Comyn out of the shadows and places there in their rightful position as the most powerful family in Scotland in the 13th Century.
Young covers the rising of Bruce and Wallace and how it was impacted or changed by Clan Comyn; follows through to the Comyns roles as the later Guardians of Scotland; their role in John de Balliols Kingship; up through the murder of John Comyn by Bruce or his supports and the fallout.
Maybe a little more history than the casual read would enjoy, but for someone interested in ALL the history and understanding what happened then, this is a MUST!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Well researched content, poor description of product., 31 Dec 2013
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As my family name is Cumming and a common first name in my line is Badenoch; and my grandfather always swore Robert the Bruce was an excommunicated murderer not a national hero at all; I was very happy to see the above for sale and will struggle through it despite the fact that although the condition was described as good; it has been extensively annotated in ink and pencil (underlined as well on nearly every page) and obviously used as a research tool. In places it is so written over as to be hard to read. A great pity the seller obviously didn't even open the book to inspect it before despatch or the condition couldn't have been called good at all.
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