Fortnightly series with leading historians discussing the sources for the reign of Robert Bruce, king of Scots (1306-29). From the Declaration of Arbroath to letters absolving the king of murder, this podcast explains why Robert has the reputation he does, and why it matters. Image (c) The National Museum of Scotland, of Bute Mazer, on loan from the Bute Collection at Mount Stuart..
E10: The charters of King Edward Balliol
Matthew Hammond explains the oft-forgotten story of Edward Balliol, erstwhile king of Scots, whose successful assertion of his kingship prompted the 'second war of independence'.For more, see www.cotr.ac.uk/blog/scotlands-forgotten-king
E9: Arbroath and its abbey
Matthew Hammond tells us about Arbroath, the place associated with the 'Declaration'. Why was Arbroath important to Robert I and how did the 1320 letter come to be dated there?For more on the Arbroath historical pageant, see www.historicalpageants.ac.uk
E8: The Absolution of Robert I, 1310
John Reuben Davies takes us through the document containing the absolution of Robert Bruce, issued in 1310, following Robert's murder of John Comyn in 1306.For John's translation of the earliest surviving copy (in Dublin, Trinity College, MS 498) click here.
E7: The Schøyen Chronicle
Dauvit Broun takes us through the Schøyen Chronicle, a sixteenth-century manuscript containing a year-by-year chronicle covering 1297 and 1327, preserving new information about William Wallace and the appointment of seven (yes, you read that right) Guardians of the kingdom.You can find MS 679 here
E6: The charters of Robert I
Matthew Hammond introduces the corpus of Robert I's charters, explaining what they can (and can't) tell us about his reign. NLS, Charter no. 242 (Robert confirms a quitclaim of land in Angus, saving his service, issued in 1322)Image (c) National Library of Scotland and reproduced with permission
E5: The 1318 legislation
Alice Taylor takes us through the earliest piece of legislation to have survived from the parliament of Scone, issued at Scone in December 1318.For a translation of the 1318 legislation, visit: http://www.rps.ac.uk/trans/1318Image (NLS, MS 34.4.2: Registrum Vetus of Arbroath Abbey)