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Did the Scots relatively cower within the shadow in their robust, competitive English neighbour? This booklet finds a truly diversified photo. Scottish armies time and again invaded English-held territory, defying generations of Anglo-Norman kings, and it took many centuries to ultimately make a decision the fluid Border frontier. despatched homeward to re-examine ... ? the writer spells out the monetary and army components that helped to make sure Scotland's independence from the time of the Romans in Britain via Saxon, Norse and Norman invasions, the ravages of Edward Longshanks and the savagery of Henry VIII's 'rough wooing'. How did the English humans react to the Union of Crowns? have been the Scots included opposed to their will? This ebook explodes the parable that the crowns of britain and Scotland have been united in a few kind of constitutional twist of fate. It uncovers institutions among many Scots and the English court docket and its mystery carrier - lifting the lid on a murky underworld of collaborators, spies and assassins. Did the French love the Scots up to they hated the English? the writer finds the consequences of the Auld Alliance among Scotland and France, and the legacy of England's overseas wars. The collectively sacrificial and loveless marriage of britain and Scotland, prepared by means of Protestant pragmatists, secured independence for either international locations which would differently became Catholic dominions of France or Spain. Who received so much from Britain's independence? Britain used to be only a small nook in an enormous energy fight raging all through Europe. the writer unearths the ruthless, secular and political nature of religions that tortured and massacred males, girls and youngsters of their millions. Divided they could have fallen or been driven into obscurity, yet united the 2 nations stood as Europe's preferable self reliant Protestant kingdom, the seat of democratic govt and the root stone of a lot social and criminal reform. this present day, while many are asking if it is time to finish the 305-year-old union and glance more and more to a united Europe, this e-book activates a better realizing of the warts-and-all origins of our ancestors' legacy.

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