The Battle and its Story

Michael Brown

in Bannockburn

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780748633326
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672127 | DOI:
The Battle and its Story

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Two armies numbering in total tens of thousands of men were camped in the lands south of Stirling in central Scotland. The battle that was about to break was the first full-scale clash between the armies of King Robert and King Edward in seven years of warfare. The implication accorded to Bannockburn by the Scots did not inevitably express to other lands. Robert Bruce divided the Scottish community and turn simmering rivalries into open civil war. He looked beyond the Isles for military aid. He sent his brothers, Thomas and Alexander, to Ireland. They did not look for aid from Earl Richard or the English colonists of eastern Ulster. Bruce was following the precedents of several claimants to royal or provincial power. In the opening weeks of 1307, both kings, Robert and Edward, were keen for war to be regenerated.

Keywords: battle; Scotland; Stirling; King Robert; King Edward; warfare; Bannockburn; Ireland

Chapter.  10171 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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