A battle lost, a battle found: the search for the Bannockburn battlefield

Pollard, T. (2016) A battle lost, a battle found: the search for the Bannockburn battlefield. In: Penman, M. A. (ed.) Bannockburn, 1314-2014: Battle & Legacy : Proceedings of the 2014 Stirling Conference. Shaun Tyas: Donington, Lincolnshire, pp. 74-96. ISBN 9781907730504

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This paper considers the arguments for the geographical location of the 1314 Battle of Bannockburn put forward by historians over the last century. Using historical documents and the results of an extensive archaeological investigation the author establishes the actual location, which matches that proposed by Christison in the 1960s and therefore brings this long debate to an end. The author also presents a fresh rationale for Robert Bruce's actions over the two days of the battle, proposing that the Scottish commander initially hoped for a replay of the Battle of Loudon Hill (1307), but after Edward II refused to take the bait settled for an action which has much in common with the Battle of Stirling Bridge (1297).

Item Type:Book Sections
Keywords:Battlefield archaeology, military history, landscape analysis.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Pollard, Professor Tony
Authors: Pollard, T.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > History
Publisher:Shaun Tyas
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