A book about the historic Battle of Bannockburn, the great triumph by Robert Bruce of Edward II of England that won independence for Scotland. The book is being released to mark the 700th anniversary of the battle and to coincide with the Scottish referendum on independence.
With most of Scotland in his hands, Robert Bruce looked set to become undisputed King of Scotland - only the castle at Stirling still held out. But then King Edward II of England came north with perhaps the largest army ever fielded in Scotland by the English. Proud Edward and his army advanced like some unstoppable monster, destroying everything in their path. But Robert Bruce was waiting for them at Bannockburn. The resulting battle would change history.
This book brings an exciting new look to the Wars of Scottish Independence. The course of the campaign is given, but the emphasis is on the Battle itself and the men who fought there. There are detailed analyses of weapons, tactics and strategies, tactical diagrams explain how the troops formed up and moved, and a study of the commanders. The course of the battle is followed with the aid of maps, relating to the ground today. The aftermath of the battle, its effects and importance to the progress of the war are then described.
The “Bretwalda Battles” series has been running with increasing success as printed books and as ebooks for five years.
Chapter 1 The Scottish Wars of Independence
Chapter 2 Leaders at Bannockburn
Chapter 3 Men, Weapons and Tactics
Chapter 4 The Battle of Bannockburn First Day
Chapter 5 The Battle of Bannockburn Second Day
Chapter 6 Aftermath
About the Author
Leonard James is an author of military books. He comes from a military family that has fought in every major war since at least the Crimean War, and probably before that. His forebears were mostly cavalrymen, though his father served in the RAF. Leonard has made a particular study of battlefields in Britain, walking over dozens of them to get an eye for ground. He has also handled genuine and replica weapons to better understand the use of pre-modern weapons and the men who wielded them.