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One of the most famous documents in Scottish history may very well be the Declaration of Arbroath. However, while the most famous portion, declaring that the Scots would “never on any conditions be brought under English rule” and that their fight was “for freedom alone”,1 is certainly the most quoted, there is far more to this fascinating document than defiance of the English crown. In addition to the beautiful and stirring passages about the defense of freedom, it also includes other early ideas relevant to people even today, such as the idea that a leader is subject to his people. It provides a look into how the author of the letter and those around him saw their country, or how they wanted it to be seen, and some of the political maneuvering going on during a very dangerous and tumultuous time.


Medieval Europe



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