MBTI Type: ISTJ
Robert is a sensible man who abides by the governing rules of the king, in order to keep his family safe, but who sometimes trusts them too much—he assumes that his enemy will abide by “the rules of war,” and it’s only after his army has been ambushed in the middle of the night (he assumed they would abide by their agreement to one-on-one combat the next morning), and his brother hang, drawn, and quartered for protecting him and giving shelter to his wife and daughter, that decides to abandon the “rules of honor” and engage in guerilla warfare –by harassing and taking one castle at a time, burning their way through Scotland and destroying the strongholds so their enemies cannot use them. Once he grows “tired of hiding,” he says they are going to bait the king and force him to deal with them, then he lays out a strategic advantage using Scottish terrain to unhorse their enemies—leading them to the slaughter of the English soldiers and forcing their surrender. He likes to get people to go along with him, but also refuses to force them to change their mind; instead, he calls upon their Scottish heritage and right of birth, asking them to defend their nation from the English who want to tax and abuse them. But he’s also smart enough to kill anyone who would betray him (he invites one lord to meet inside a church, then when he hears the man intends to rat him out to the king, kills him, though he feels bad about doing it “on sacred ground”). His clever battle tactics give them the upper edge, and his strong morals (he refuses to slaughter the prince, even after he has captured and defeated him) help him respect other’s opinions (they need not join him, but don’t work against him). Robert has poor Ne, though. He makes a foolish mistake in assuming he could send his wife and daughter to his family and not have them all get slaughtered—he hoped that the prince would be honorable, and that no one would find them there, and was wrong. They are also betrayed several times, losing men in the process, because he fails to take into account potential outcomes and guard against them.
Enneagram: 1w2 so/sp
Robert has every right to the throne, but it’s only after witnessing an injustice and the anger of the Scottish people for the dismemberment of Wallace that he chooses to embrace the crown and mobilize them against a king he sees as a tyrant. He tries to do things appropriately, and be considerate of others – such as not consummating his marriage until his wife is ready to lie with him (she initiates it) and being respectful of her boundaries. He feels great guilt for killing someone in a church, but then puts that aside to do what must be done, to protect more people. He wants to do right by his Scottish lords and their families, and has a generous and forgiving nature toward the prince, even though he knows the prince tortured and killed his brother. He is also somewhat emotional, and easily swept up by the people around him – he assumes he must take action for their benefit, he tries to persuade people to join his cause rather than demands they step aside, and won’t conscript anyone into his army, so much as invites them to come alongside him.