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History King Malcolm II reigned from 1005 to 1034 and was the last king in the direct male line to descend from Kenneth MacAlpine who united the Scots and Picts in 843 AD and is considered the founder of Scotland One of Malcolms three daughters Bethoc married Crinan the secular hereditary Abbot of Dunkeld Through her the Abbots son Duncan was installed by Malcolm as the King of Cumbria in 1018 After Malcolm IIs murder by his nobles at Glamis Duncan killed his opponents and seized the throne as King Duncan I His first cousins Macbeth of Shakespearian fame and Thorfinn the Raven Feeder Norwegian Earl of Orkney united to advance MacBeths claim to the throne through his mother another daughter of Malcolm II Duncan reigned from 1034 until he was defeated in battle by their combined armies and killed by MacBeth in August 1040 at Elgin Scotland was then ruled by Thorfinn in the northern districts and MacBeth in the southern districts Plot Act I Scene 1The witches plan to meet after the battle which we find is a rebellion in Scotland They are summoned by their familiars and end with the theme of the play Act I Scene 2The king and his thanes are at a camp and hear word of the battle from the bleeding sergeant The sergeant had saved Malcolm earlier He says that the battle was doubtful with the rebel Macdonwald receiving reinforcements and luck However Macbeth man aged to fight well and killed the slave Macdonwald A second attack by the Norweyan lord angered Macbeth and he met their attacks so the Norwegians got their butts kicked The sergeant goes to get some medical attention and then Ross tells the rest of the story Norway and the rebel Thane of Cawdor were met by Macbeth and were defeated The Norwegian king Sweno was forced to pay ten thousand dollars Macbeth is given the rebel Cawdors title
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