Talk: Robert Bruce of Scotland (1306-29): Myth and Aftermyth
Dr Michael Penman avoids the familiar narrative of Robert Bruce’s life. Instead, he considers whether the story of the Scottish king’s military triumphs over the English was a heroic past created by Bruce himself – as well as by generations of Scots.
Michael Penman is a senior lecturer in History at the University of Stirling. His main publications include David II, 1329-71 (John Donald, 2004, pbk 2nd ed. 2010), ed. Monuments and Monumentality across Medieval and early Modern Europe (Shaun Tyas, 2013), Robert the Bruce, King of the Scots (Yale, 2014, pbk 2nd ed. 2018), and ed. Bannockburn 1314-2014: Battle and Legacy (Shaun Tyas, 2016). He is currently engaged on a reassessment of Scotland’s medieval royal mausoleum, Dunfermline Abbey.