Rebel King -The Last High King, is a book about an exciting and terrible time in history you will be close by to what happened in Scotland, Ireland, and to some extent England after the defeat of the mighty English army at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 by the far lesser forces of the Scottish army.
In 1315, Robert the Bruce allies with his father-in-law Richard de Burgh, also known as the “Red Earl” of Ulster with the plan to set Richard on the Irish High King throne by combining forces with the Celtic-Irish and the Anglo-Irish to free the once sovereign state of Ireland from the oppressive English that had occupied that country since old Viking days.
King Robert dispatched his brother Edward with 450 seasoned Scots and galloglass warriors to join Richard and his Anglo-Irish barons to begin the campaign. Daringly Edward turned the tables on Richard in one swift movement and then allied himself with the powerful King of Tyrone, Domnall O’Neil.
Meanwhile, in London. Earl Thomas Plantagenet of Lancaster and five other earldoms coveted his cousin’s English crown and so politically maneuvered to strip King Edward of England, from much of his royal power, virtually turning him into a toothless lion.
By 1318, tens of thousands of Scots, Irish and English lost their lives fighting each other and fighting for scarce food resources at the onset of the devastating “Little Ice Age”. What did grow then was stunted and meager eventually leaving the domesticated animals dead and consequently many people to suffer at the very hand of Mother Nature, herself.