This is a history of kingship in Scotland from the Dalriadic takeover up to the Great Cause presided over by Edward I of England. The book includes a fascinating critique of the record of English intervention when Scotland was kingless after 1286. The author presents a meticulously researched account of how Edward I became overlord of Scotland, and of the debate between Balliol and Bruce, disentangling the facts from the accepted account drawn up by Edward's notary. He ends by looking at how Robert I (Bruce) fixed the succession by law, so that the right to kingship was controlled by parliament. Along the way, Duncan seeks out the truth behind a number of legends, including the story of Macbeth and Duncan.
|Hardcover Book, 416 pages||English|
|Edinburgh University Press (Feb. 1st, 2003)||Unknown|
|General Western European History|