Reign of King Alexander III of Scotland (278 words)

Historical Context Note

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Alexander III became King at the age of seven, on the sudden death of his father from a fever. The period of his minority, between 1249 and 1262, were disrupted by two rival factions vying for power, one headed by Walter Comyn, Earl of Menteith, and the other by Alan Durward, Justicia of Scotia.

Once he reached his majority, however, Alexander managed to take control, and one of the first acts of his reign was to continue his father's attempt to regain the Western Isles from Norwegian control. When his formal claim to the islands was rejected by the Norwegian king, Haakon, Alexander engineered the negotiations to his enemy's disadvantage, driving Haakan into the mouth of a storm. After defeat at the Battle of Largs, Haakan's …

Editors. "Reign of King Alexander III of Scotland". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 31 July 2012
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  1. Reigns and Monarchy in the British Isles