Scottish Wars of Independence, c.1286-1371

University of Stirling

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Scottish Wars of Independence, c.1286-1371

  • Host University

    University of Stirling

  • Location

    Stirling, Scotland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • SCQF Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    By the late thirteenth century, Scotland was an increasingly consolidated kingdom with a stable
    dynasty that had enforced hereditary succession, achieved a string of high profile marriages,
    extended its boundaries of control, and existed in relative peace with its southern neighbours.
    However, the death of Alexander III (the last adult king of the Canmore line) in 1286 shook the
    foundations of the realm. It brought challenges to autonomy from within, as the succession crisis
    forced open cracks between powerful ruling families, and from outside the realm, due to acquisitive
    and aggressive southern neighbours now under the leadership of the infamous Edward I. The
    subsequent period, from 1286 to c. 1371, was one of turmoil and confusion marked by violent wars
    and feuding nobility, but was also one of self-realisation and the solidifying of an increasingly
    potent national identity for the ruling classes and the people at large in Scotland. This module will
    look at the crisis of kingship, the war and governance of the Guardians and William Wallace, the
    kingship of John Balliol, the rise of Robert the Bruce, Bannockburn and consolidating the Bruce
    dynasty, war of the three monarchs, and the legacy of a childless dynasty to assess this pivotal
    historic era in Scottish history.
    Excursion(s): This module will include a field trip to the iconic Bannockburn Battlefield (with an
    opportunity to recreate the battle with the centre?s new interactive battle simulation technology).

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