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The Wars of Scotland, 1214-1371 (New Edinburgh History of Scotland) Paperback – 30 Apr 2004

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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Edinburgh University Press (30 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0748612386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0748612383
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 3.3 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 275,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Michael Brown has done an admirable job ... this is a highly readable survey that provides an excellent introduction to the period. -- Scotia

The fruit of recent scholarship is gathered into a fresh, readable, informative, and balanced account. The original Edinburgh History of Scotland was the standard Scottish historical narrative for nearly two generations; if this volume is typical, its replacement will fulfill that role for at least as long... Highly recommended.
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This is a superb book which should be widely read. -- History

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This is a superb book which should be widely read.

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By Malarchy VINE VOICE on 25 Aug. 2012
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The Wars of Scotland is absolutely terrific historical analyais. Covering the period 1214-1371 in which Scotland battled successfully for its survival against England, the work is a fascinating peek into the events and the people who influenced them. Despite the title, the book is not really about wars. There is very little reproduction of battle and no real military analysis. Instead, Michael Brown has put together a brilliantly cogent analysis of the various factions competing for power both within and without Scotland in the 13th and 14th centuries.

Where Brown succeeds so expertly is in not reducing his analysis merely to the exploits of kings. It is all too easy to tell the story of a nation as if it was the story of the nation's leader. Brown delves into the aspirations and struggles of the class of people who strove for power. This is a story of Robert the Bruce but it is also the story of the Balliols, Stewarts, Gordons, MacDonalds and many many more from the north of Scotland, from Ireland, England, France, and Rome.

Wars of Scotland is the 4th book chronologically in the New Edinburgh History of Scotland series and it is inarguably one of the best. Brown's treatment of the material seems vigorously fair, the people he describes are multi-faceted. Robert the Bruce is not just a war leader, not just the man who murdered his rival, not just a leader who balanced factions against one another. The people described really emerge from the pages.

The work begins at the start of the reign of Alexander II. This period is also covered in the 3rd book of the series Domination and Lordship. Brown's coverage is better.
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This book is well researched from prime sources as much as possible, and attempts to present a balanced view of a complex period from which eventually emerged a Scottish Kingdom that survived and develope in its own way.
The whole of the country is dealt with, and many different aspects including the dilemmas faced by everyone just to ensure their own survival.
It is certainly thought provoking and challenges some of the usual simplistic assumptions.
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Very good book, Michael Brown is extremely profound at medieval Scottish history.
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