The battle of Bannockburn: Robert Bruce’s fight for freedom

The battle of Bannockburn (23–24 June 1314) was fought to the south-east of Stirling Castle in central Scotland. It was the climax of a brutal civil war, pitting the Scots under Robert the Bruce against the English under Edward II. Here, Fiona Watson explains the circumstances surrounding the battle and reveals how the conflict was later recast as an epic struggle for liberation...

A statue of Robert the Bruce Statue at Stirling Castle, Scotland. (Dreamstime)

This article was first published in the July 2014 issue of BBC History Magazine

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