‘Everyone interested in the battle, for whatever reason, would do well to read this engaging book’ – Sunday Times
History and politics often become entangled in Scotland. The past can serve as inspiration for the future to some, and a lesson for others in potential mistakes to avoid. One thing is certain, Scottish history is not dead, and it’s not just for scholars and students.
On the eve of a hard-fought referendum, history is often seen as a weapon for which to be wielded in a modern battle for the hearts and minds of the Scottish population. The Battle of Bannockburn (23-24 June, 1314) was a historic turning point for not only the Scots but the English as well, helping to define the political landscape of Britain. A seminal moment from their past, the medieval battle has become something of a patriotic talisman for many Scots, despite the romantic myths which obscure what really happened.
Now, seven centuries later, debates on Scottish independence and national identity will undoubtedly be influenced by the events of 1314. Published to celebrate the 700th anniversary, this study is a compelling yet clear account of the Bannockburn battle, free from political spin, nationalistic embellishment, or dry academic jargon.