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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 (23–4 June 1314)

The Battle (23–4 June 1314)

(p.115) Chapter 6 The Battle (23–4 June 1314)

Michael Brown

Edinburgh University Press

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

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