A history of the most celebrated battle between Scotland and England, in which Robert the Bruce defeated Edward II. It has been nearly a century since a book on the Bannockburn campaign of 1314 has been published for the general reader. Recent scholarship has illuminated one of the most exciting battle of Scottish history, showing it to be as historically significant as it was romantic and bloody.
This book carried the reader through the politics and plans of a military campaign of the Middle Ages, including the logistical sinews of war, the drama of court intrigue and the violent clash of soldier against soldier.
Using recent studies on weapons, warfare and Scottish history, as well as sound archival sources, this book opens the files on a year's preparation for a massive English invasion of Scotland, from noble politics to common victuals. Never neglecting the heroic legends surrounding King Robert Bruce, the Black Douglas, King Edward Plantagenet and Isabella, the She-Wolf of France, 'The Battle of Bannockburn' examined the common soldiers summoned to war and the knights who fought near them but never with them.
Pulled by chivalric ethics and pushed by Church politics, two kings and their people came to the banks of the Bannockburn to decide the fate of Stirling Castle and the domination of Scotland.
Preface: The Ladies in the Cages
1. The Significance of Bannockburn
2. Edward II Plantagenet, King of England
3. Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland
4. The England Army
5. The Scottish Army
6. The Place
7. Falkirk to Bannockburn, Sunday 23 June 1314
8. The Carse and the New Park, Nigher of 23/24 June 1314
9. Stirling Carse, Morning of Monday 24 June 1314
10. The End