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Call # DA783.41 .C68 2003
Author Cowan, Edward J
Title "For freedom alone" : the Declaration of Arbroath, 1320 / Edward J. Cowan
Imprint East Linton, East Lothian, Scotland : Tuckwell Press, 2003
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 WMS STACKS  DA783.41 .C68 2003    AVAILABLE


Descript. 162 p. : ill., map ; 22 cm
Series Scottish history matters
Scottish history matters series
Summary/Abstract "The Declaration of Arbroath, 6 April 1320, is one of the most remarkable documents to have been produced anywhere in Medieval Europe. Quoted by many, understood by few, its historical significance had now almost been overtaken by its mythic status. The beginning of a new century, in the wake of the re-establishment of the Scottish Parliament, seems an appropriate moment to re-examine one of Scotland's long-cherished historical icons. Since 1998 the US Senate has claimed that the American Declaration of Independence is modelled upon 'that inspirational document', and 6 April is celebrated annually as a day of national significance to all Americans, especially those of Scottish descent. So far such claims have not been the subject of scholarly investigation. This is the first book-length study to examine the origins of the Declaration and the ideas upon which it drew, while tracing the rise of its mythic status in Scotland and exploring its possible impact upon Revolutionary America."--BOOK JACKET
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [149]-156) and index
Subject Robert I, King of Scots, 1274-1329
John XXII, Pope, -1334
Declaration of Arbroath
Scotland -- History -- War of Independence, 1285-1371
OCLC # 50403998
Table of Contents
 List of Plates 
Ch. 1A Letter from Arbroath3
Ch. 2Death in Dumfries. The Enigma of Robert Bruce and the Wars of Independence13
Ch. 3The Nobility of Freedom37
Ch. 4Contract, Kingship and Prophecy62
Ch. 5The Scottish Legacy83
Ch. 6A Tale of Two Declarations113
 App.: The Declaration of Arbroath144
 Select Bibliography149