At a meeting to discuss how Scotland should be ruled, John Comyn is murdered at Greyfriars Church. Facing ex-communication and eternal damnation, Bruce flees to ask Bishop Wishart for forgiveness. Bruce is absolved by Wishart and plans are made to crown him king.
Students could investigate the two sides to Bruce's reputation and debate whether he was a hero or villain. The class could look in more detail at the relationship between Bruce and the Scottish bishops and be challenged to explain why he became the Church’s approved candidate for the crown. Creating a spider diagram of the individuals involved may help describe their motivation and part in the story.