Alasdair Mòr mac an Rìgh: A Reassessment of Alexander Stewart’s Political Disposition During the Reign of Robert II of Scotland

Micahel Ruiter

Abstract


In the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries, the north of Scotland was, according to popular history, terrorized by the king’s son, Alexander Stewart. Known more commonly by the name Wolf of Badenoch, Alexander is remembered as a defier of royal rule, and a scourge upon the lords of the north. This paper seeks to unravel some of the complicated political relationships operating at this time, and to define specifically, that between Robert Stewart II and his son, Alexander Stewart. 


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