At the height of Robert the Bruce's campaign against the Comyns, he falls ill and all momentum is lost. When he recovers, he continues to slaughter supporters of the Comyns and take over Comyn lands.

First broadcast:
24 November 2008

The clip could help inform debate about the rise of King Robert I. Was he a determined heir or brutal, power-hungry warlord? Does the class think Bruce's tactics were morally acceptable given what he was trying to achieve?
Students could investigate the letter written by Bruce to Edward II in 1310, asking him to cease persecution of the Scots. Does this evidence change students’ opinions of him?