Scottish Wars of Independence 1286-1328

By Andy MacPhee
March 2010
Hodder Education
Distrubuted by Trans-Atlantic Publications Inc.
ISBN: 9780340987575
115 pages, Illustrated
$38.50 Paper Original


The New Higher History series offers a full-colour, topic-based approach to the revised Higher History syllabus. Covering all of the main issues within each topic area, this series includes investigative techniques, use of evidence and a variety of activities to enable students to develop the necessary skills to tackle both essay-based and source-based questions successfully.

This book investigates the political changes and military campaigns arising from the Wars of Independence, looking at: the situation in Scotland in 1286; the succession problem and choice of John Balliol as King of Scotland; the difficulties during the reign of John Balliol, including the overlordship of Edward and Scottish rebellion over the Anglo-French war; Scotland’s subjugation and resistance, including the influence of Andrew Murray and William Wallace; the ambitions and rise of Robert Bruce, his military victory at Bannockburn and the declarations and treaties; the aftermath and legacy of the Wars of Independence and their significance for Scottish identity.

Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: The Golden Age of Scotland
– The Golden Age of Scotland
- Relationships with Scotland prior to 1286
- The problem with the Scottish church
- The death of Alexander III
The Impact on Scotland
Chapter 2: The Great Cause
2.1 – The Maid of Norway
2.2 – The importance of the Guardians of Scotland and the Community of the Realm
2.3 – The treaty of Birgham and the Death of the Maid
2.4 – Overlordship at Norham
2.5 – What was Edward’s intention?
2.6 – The Great Cause
2.7 – Was John Balliol the true king of Scots?
Chapter 3: The Reign of King John Balliol
3.1 – King John Balliol – A bad king?
3.2 – Issues with Edward’s Overlordship
3.3 – War with France and the return of the Guardians
3.4 – Why was Scotland defeated so easily in 1296?
3.5 – “Toom Tabard” is this really John Balliol’s legacy?
Chapter 4: Wallace and Murray
4.1 – Who is Andrew Murray?
4.2 – Who is William Wallace?
4.3 – How did the rebellion begin?
4.4 – Wallace and Murray as Guardians of Scotland
Chapter 5: Stirling and Falkirk
5.1 – Stirling Bridge
5.2 – Why were the Scots successful?
5.3 – Falkirk
5.4 – Why were the Scots unsuccessful?
5.5 – The End of Wallace
5.6 – What was the significance of Wallace?
Chapter 6: Robert Bruce
6.1 – Robert prior to 1306/why go for the throne in 1306
6.2 – Murder of Comyn
6.4 – Early defeats
6.4 – Campaigns 1307 - 14
Chapter 7: Bannockburn
7.1 – the 2 armies
7.2 – Day 1
7.3 – Day 2
7.4 – Reasons why Scotland wins
7.5 – The Aftermath of the battle
Chapter 8: The final stages of the War
8.1 Robert’s Scotland
8.2 – Declaration of Arbroath
8.3 – The war continues
8.4 – The Treaty of Edinburgh 1328
Chapter 9: Aftermath
9.1 – Continuation of the struggle
9.2 – Significance of the Scottish Wars


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