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"What makes the Declaration of Arbroath so different from anything that had gone before is that for the first time it sets the will and wishes of the people above the king. By doing so, it marks the first expression of the idea of a contractual monarchy, which became the prototype of contractual kingship in Europe.
"It also must surely be counted as one of the most eloquent expressions of nationhood ever written, promoting the right of freedom for all men and manís right to defend this freedom to the death. It is interesting that it records an idea of Scottish nationalism that rises above the feudal obligations that had characterised the country less than a quarter of a century before."
"It influenced the American Declaration of Independence (ratified on 4 July 1776)"....
"It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom - for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself."