The Battle of Bannockburn 1314

A history of the most celebrated battle between Scotland and England,
in which Robert the Bruce defeated Edward II

Aryeh Nusbacher

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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 battles of Scottish history, showing it to be as historically significant as it was romantic and bloody. This book carries the reader through the politics and plans of an 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 of 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 Plantegenet and Isabella, the She-Wolf of France, The Battle of Bannockburn examines 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.

Table of Contents

  • Preface: The Ladies and the Cages
  • Introduction
  • The Significance of Bannockburn
  • Edward II Plantagenet, King of England
  • Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland
  • The English Army
  • The Scottish Army
  • The Place
  • Falkirk to Bannockburn, Sunday 23 June 1314
  • The Carse and the New Park, Night of 23/24 June 1314
  • Stirling Carse, Morning of Monday 24 June 1314
  • The end

Hardcover – Tempus Publishing
157 Pages
18 × 25 cm
16 Colour Illustrations
53 Black/White Illustrations
ISBN: 0752417835

Aryeh Nusbacher is a Senior Lecturer in War Studies at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, having trained as an historian at the University of Toronto, the Royal Military College of Canada and Oxford University. He was the historical consultant for the History Channel’s television documentary on Bannockburn. Aryeh Nusbacher’s book is a must-have for wargamers interested in recreating The Battle of Bannockburn in miniature.

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