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Robert the Bruce, King of Scots

posted 18 Aug 2010, 09:58 by Oliver Slay   [ updated 29 Mar 2013, 09:11 ]
It's not often I find a history book that really captures my interest... But I picked up this one in the shop at Edinburgh Castle a couple of months ago, and it is an eye-opener of a story...

Little bits of information...  the Isle of Mann was given to Scotland by the Norwegians in return for money... the Flemish had an early Embassy, the 'Red Hall' in Berwick-upon-Tweed in return for keeping the British out... and Aberdeen having been a virtual Flemish enclave...

Small pieces of info about the different languages spoken around Scotland and the North of England / Yorkshire etc...

And how the Normans managed to get a footing as major landholders...

Ronald McNair Scott's book is a very interesting read so far... 

I may be a little biased however... according to historical records, my great-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-g-grandmother was Robert's sister, Margaret Bruce...

On BBC2 this week, I managed to also catch The Normans (iPlayer in the UK)... which went over some of the same ground as in the book...

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