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The Hammer of the Scots: Edward I and the Scottish Wars of Independence Kindle Edition
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Known to posterity as Scottorum Malleus - the Hammer of the Scots - Edward I was one of medieval England's most formidable rulers. In this meticulously researched new history, David Santiuste offers a fresh interpretation of Edward's military career, with a particular focus on his Scottish wars. This is in part a study of personality: Edward was a remarkable man. His struggles with tenacious opponents - including Robert the Bruce and William Wallace - have become the stuff of legend.
There is a clear and perceptive account of important military events, notably the Battle of Falkirk, but the narrative also encompasses the wider impact of Edward's campaigns. He attempted to mobilize resources - including men, money and supplies - on an unprecedented scale. His wars affected people at all levels of society, throughout the British Isles.
David Santiuste builds up a vivid and convincing description of Edward's campaigns in Scotland, whilst also exploring the political background. Edward emerges as a man of great conviction, who sought to bend Scotland to his will, yet also, on occasion, as a surprisingly beleaguered figure. He is presented here as the central character in a turbulent world, as commander and king.
David Santiuste studied history at the University of St Andrews, where he was awarded a master's degree with distinction. His other publications include Edward IV and the Wars of the Roses, as well as various articles. He is the creator, with Rae Tan, of the website Reflections of the Yorkist Realm (yorkistrealm.com). David currently teaches history, on a part-time basis, at the Office of Lifelong Learning, University of Edinburgh.
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19 October 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
The read was good.
An engaging and exciting history, beautifully told
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This is an amazing history that puts the Scottish Wars of Independence into context, starting with the point that battles are only a blip on the historical landscape and surrounding events, people, and pressures mean everything. This book gave me a new understanding of the battles in Scotland during Edward I's life, as well as what he faced in France and how that had a major impact on Scotland. David Santiuste's research was immaculate and clearly presented, and he has a very engaging writing style. I love reading a history as good as this when I'm researching a period.
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