- Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Collins; New edition edition (3 April 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0004720806
- ISBN-13: 978-0004720807
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,175,271 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Freedom’s Sword: Scotland’s Wars of Independence Paperback – 3 Apr 2000
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From the Back Cover
Peter Traquair's grim tale of treachery, greed and slaughter strips away the myths surrounding two of Scotland's greatest heroes, William Wallace and Robert Bruce. His sweeping account of the Anglo-Scottish wars reveals the passions and plots that divided the English and Scottish courts that divided the English and Scottish courts and presents the first modern account of the campaigns after Robert's death. Three English kings wage war: Edward I, the ageing tyrant whose ambition drives Scotland to take up arms; Edward II, who faces more sinister enemies in his own court than on the battlefield; Edward III who seizes power from his mother's lover in a coup d'etat at the age of seventeen.
About the Author
Peter Traquair is a young historian who brings the era to life for a modern audience.
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The information is well resourced with illustrations, maps and charts. It is a book I will return to in order to check dates.
It sets the scene, explaining why Edward I got involved in the Great Cause at the end of the 13th century, explains why John Balliol's efforts to rule failed, why Robert the Bruce succeeded and why his death and other events led to a third period of fighting to establish the throne for David II. It roughly covers three periods corresponding to the reigns of Edward I, II and III. Chris Brown's excellent book, The Second Scottish Wars of Independence refers to the third of these periods. It's a mark of how little studied it is that historians differ on what to call this time period.
I disagree with the reviewers regarding the cover illustration. War is a bloody business and dead bodies are the result. It was also a time when war was dressed up in chivalry, and the armour, flags and heraldic devices symbolise that. Finally, the castle in the background reminds us that war is usually about land-grabs and the power that comes with possessing more, something we'd do well to think about in modern times.
Well researched, loaded with tons of interesting details, maps and pictures - (many colour plates) , I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to have a better understanding of the rise of Wallace and the Bruce and the conflict that caused England and Scotland to go to war.
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