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Bannockburn: The triumph of Robert the Bruce Kindle Edition
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The title of this book is slightly misleading. Much of it is actually about the events surrounding Scotland's iconic battlefield victory over the old enemy, including Edward I of England's attempts to exert dominion over Scotland and the struggle to defeat him and his successor the very different Edward II, the social and political situation that divided and weakened the Scots in that struggle, the political problems that weakened Edward II, the personalities and careers of the Scottish and English monarchs, and just how and why this battle (which Edward desperately wanted and Bruce was keen to avoid) came to be fought when and where it was and resulted in the result it did.
The research that has gone into the book is impressive: it is thorough, informative, and (generally) very readable. Occasionally it does get a bit long-winded and shows signs of not being edited as firmly as it might. Sometimes it grows rather fevered, especially in these passages that dwell on " ... must have been going through Bruce's mind as he surveyed the aftermath of the battle" or otherwise set out the author's speculations on characters' thoughts and emotions in particular situations. These could have been reined in a bit. But overall this is a book that avoids the "Braveheart" approach to history-writing, and for those interested in the history of the times it's well worth reading.
I really enjoyed it. Very good.
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The style of the author allows for a free flowing read. It also is written in an unbiased way. It is detailed without being tedious. I recommend this book.Published 21 months ago by Sgithanach
What is a Phd in history supposed to do? Definitely not to provide a version of events in history no different from what has gone before. Read morePublished on 16 Jun. 2014 by W. Scott