By Michael Brown
The conflict of Bannockburn, fought at the fields south of Stirling at midsummer 1314, is the simplest recognized occasion within the background of Medieval Scotland. It used to be a special occasion. The conflict of 2 armies, each one led by way of a king, a transparent problem to a conflict to figure out the prestige of Scotland and its survival as a separate realm. As a key aspect within the Anglo-Scottish wars of the fourteenth century, the conflict has been broadly mentioned, yet Bannockburn was once additionally a pivotal occasion within the historical past of the British Isles. This booklet analyses the line to Bannockburn, the crusade of 1314 and the aftermath of the struggle. It demonstrates that during either its context and legacy the conflict had a vital value within the shaping of countries and identities within the past due Medieval British Isles.
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In the months of winter warfare which followed, the lack of co-ordination between his enemies would, in fact, prove to be crucial. Bruce’s march probably took him through the Lennox north of Glasgow and mid-Argyll, both areas where he had friends, before he reached Inverlochy Castle at the foot of the Great Glen. 33 For a king seeking to win support, it was an encouraging start which opened the way north and Bruce followed it up by a rapid march up the glen into the province of Moray. He rapidly took Urquhart, which had been left ungarrisoned, and forced the earl of Ross to make a truce.
21 Scotichronicon, ed. Watt, vi, 362–5. For the text of the Declaration of Arbroath, see The Bruce, ed. Duncan, 779–82. John of Fordun’s Chronicle of the Scottish Nation, ed. W. F. Skene, 2 vols, ii, 339–40. The Bruce, ed. Duncan; Barbour’s Bruce, ed. M. P. McDiarmid and J. A. C. Stevenson, 3 vols (Scottish Texts Society, 1980–5). The Bruce, ed. Duncan, 415. The Bruce, ed. Duncan, 460–1. The Bruce, ed. Duncan, 512–17. The Bruce, ed. Duncan, 448–51, 494–7. The Bruce, ed. Duncan, 472–93. Scotichronicon, ed.
Since the previous summer Alexander Abernethy had been in charge of the region beyond the Forth and his eﬀorts may have made inroads in Angus. Lanercost reported that Gaveston was able to ‘receive to peace all beyond the Scottish sea’ and Abernethy, aided by David Brechin, may have headed a body of renewed opposition to Bruce. 100 This probably did not happen, but Bruce was clearly on the back foot. In early April it was reported by the English that Robert meant to meet Gaveston in battle, a major divergence from his previous strategy.
Bannockburn: The Scottish Wars and the British Isles (1307-1323) by Michael Brown