Freedom's Sword: Scotland's Wars of Independence

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9780004720807: Freedom's Sword: Scotland's Wars of Independence

Freedom’s Sword is a vivid, popular history of the longest period of conflict between Scotland and England—the wars that established Scotland as an independent nation.

Beginning with the true story of William Wallace and his rebellion (subject of the Mel Gibson movie Braveheart), it goes on to cover the spectacular career of Robert the Bruce, arguably Scotland’s most capable military leader of all time.

Peter Traquair reveals how Wallace outwitted the English army at Stirling Bridge and how Bruce achieved his incredible victory at Bannockburn.

But it’s not just military history: Traquair paints a dramatic picture of the three Edwards: the sinister Edward I, his doomed homosexual son Edward II and the precocious Edward III who seizes power in a coup d’etat against his mother and her lover Roger Mortimer.

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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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