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BannockburnThe Scottish War and the British Isles 1307-1323$
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Michael Brown

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748633326

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633326.001.0001

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The Battle and its Story

The Battle and its Story

(p.5) Chapter 1 The Battle and its Story

Michael Brown

Edinburgh University Press

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

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