Fair in Fair jacket. 1862320179 Book Description This volume aims to critically examine the bad reputation gained by the Comyns in post-Bruce Scotland. The name "Comyn" has long been associated in Scottish tradition with treachery: the family were involved in the infamous kidnapping of the young Alexaner III in 1257, were accused of treachery against William Wallace at the Battle of Falkirk in 1298, and of betraying Robert Bruce to Edward I of England 1306. This reappraisal of the Comyns' role concludes that the period 1212 to 1314 should be regarded as the "Comyn century" in Scottish history. The book highlights the Comyns' role as pillars of the Scottish monarchy and leaders of the political community of the realm in this formative century. The family's interests and influence extended into every corner of Scotland and their castles controlled key lines of communication, especially in Northern Scotland. It is against this background that Bruce's political ambitions in Scotland and Edward I's attempts to influence Scottish affairs in the late-13th century are set. Comyn dominance of the Scottish political scene adds a new twist to the murder of John Comyn by Robert Bruce in the Greyfriars' Church at Dumfries in 1306, and to the impact of the Battle of Bannockburn (1314) on the power struggle within Scotland. This study of the Comyns intends to help establish the strength of opposition to Robert Bruce at the end of the 13th century. A non-Bruce view of the 13th-century Scottish history. The issue of power politics within Scotland, and between England and Scotland, is a constant central theme.
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Very Good in Very Good jacket. 1862320179 1998 reprint, Tuckwell Press (East Linton, Scotland), 6 3/8 x 9 1/2 inches tall green cloth hardbound in publisher's unclipped dust jacket, gilt lettering to spine, illustrated, xii, 244 pp. A near fine copy with no noted detractions, in a like dust jacket which is nicely preserved and displayed in a clear archival Brodart sleeve. ~SP40~ The aim of this book is to examine the bad press gained by the Comyns in post-Bruce Scotland. Young highlights the Comyns' role as pillars of the Scottish monarchy and helps to establish the strength of opposition to Bruce at the end of the century. Contents: Maps and plans; Family tree; Bruce, Wallace, Balliol and Comyn: heroes and villains in Scottish tradition; The foundation for the 'Comyn Century'; A testing time: Comyns, Bissets, Durwards and the English, 1230-1260; A responsible, aristocratic governing community, c.1260-1286; Balliol, Bruce and Comyn: guardians, competitors and constitutional crisis, 1286-1292; The Comyns and the kingship of John Balliol, 1292-1296; War and the challenge to the Comyns, 1296-1304; The Comyn murder, Bruce kingship and the Battle of Bannockburn, 1304-1314.
Very Good. 1862320179 Dust jacket shows some very light rubbing, is otherwise is clean and bright. The boards are clean and straight, with light bumping to the corners and the top and bottom of spine. The spine is solid and firm. Interior text block is straight and firmly attached to the spine, and free of markings. An attractive copy. Jacket Condition: Very Good. Size: 8vo-over 7 3/4 in-9 3/4 in Tall. Year: 1998.
Good in Good jacket. Hardcovers clean, minor shelfwear, smudges to edge of text block. Interior clean and tight. Dustjacket rubbed, one small tear. Professional bookseller for twenty years. Orders shipped daily in cardboard bookfolds.
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