- Paperback: 244 pages
- Publisher: Tuckwell Press, Ltd.; 1St Edition edition (July 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1862320535
- ISBN-13: 978-1862320536
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Robert the Bruce's Rivals: The Comyns, 1212-1314 1St Edition Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
But little focus is really paid to this very powerful Clan that influenced not only Scotland, but England during this period. Alan Young finally brings Clan Comyn out of the shadows and places there in their rightful position as the most powerful family in Scotland in the 13th Century.
Young covers the rising of Bruce and Wallace and how it was impacted or changed by Clan Comyn; follows through to the Comyns roles as the later Guardians of Scotland; their role in John de Balliols Kingship; up through the murder of John Comyn by Bruce or his supports and the fallout.
Maybe a little more history than the casual read would enjoy, but for someone interested in ALL the history and understanding what happened then, this is a MUST!!
The medieval era is predominantly evaluated in terms of royalty, though the reality of powerful families (such as the later Medicis of the Ren.) are often ignored. Such powerful networks were often more influential than kings, but because the "historians" of the age often worked in royal courts, there is little mention of powerful families.
For both Comyn descendants and medieval enthusiasts who want a more thorough understanding of the period, I would recommend this book. The only qualification I'll add is that Young writes in a very academic style that is going to be a bit dry for most readers.
Well -- it's kind of in there, although you have to pick it out of long list of names, dates and places -- which Comyn family members and allys held what offices when. We're talking chapers of this stuff. Young is very interested in presenting not a balanced or neutral point of view, but the Comyn point of view. He considers this a balance to fifteenth & sixteen century propoganda that favored the Bruces. And while the counterpoint is nice, I would have preferred less information about the Comyn "party," and really would have preferred that after a while he stop referring to a Comyn "party" or at least take the word out of parentheses. I managed to finish the book, but it was a slog, and honestly, I was able to find just about as much as I needed on the internet. The Comyns deserve a book about them, but one done by a writer, not just a researcher.
So, in short... great book if you are a Comyn (or Cummin or Cummings, or the other variations) so you can learn a bit about your family, it's allies, enemies and the battles that shaped your fate, but for everyone else, it's worthwhile just because there aren't any other readily available books on the subject. But then there's something to be said for that.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good informative book, but it reads like a masters thesis rather than a book, or even a notated book.Published 17 days ago by Big Red
Would have preferred a copy without notes written throughout.Published 15 months ago by Donna V. Adamson Curlis
I bought this and loved reading about my Scottish ancestors - then sold it at my family reunion's annual auction~Published on January 13, 2014 by Linda S. Cummins
The book shipped fast and was just what I wanted. Doing reasearch on the Comyns it had excellent maps and stories telling about the Comyns. Read morePublished on April 13, 2013 by Jessica