The Battle (23–4 June 1314)

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 (23–4 June 1314)

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The armies were still about eight miles apart on Sunday, 23 June, 1314. This position was probably in Robert Bruce's mind throughout this day and was also impacted upon the plans of King Edward and his leading lords. The fullest account of Bannockburn was developed by John Barbour in his epic poem, The Bruce. The purpose of King Edward's decision to move onto the Carse and the route the army took is a matter of hypothesis. Barbour reported the clash between the English forefront and the Scottish battle under Edward Bruce. Robert's conduct of war may well have caused the English leaders to presume he would be difficult to bring to battle in the open. His achievement was one of flexibility of response, confidence in his lords and his men and the art of timing in battle.

Keywords: Robert Bruce; King Edward; Bannockburn; Scottish battle; John Barbour; The Bruce

Chapter.  10538 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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