View of Bannockburn, 1898 (catalogue reference: COPY 1/438)

19 June 2014


This talk marks the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, 24 June 1314, when the Scots under Robert I (often called 'Robert the Bruce') defeated the English invasion led by Edward II. The begins by explaining how and why the cream of English knighthood came to be crushed by a force of Scottish plebs. Next, it demonstrates the battle's huge importance in the history of medieval warfare, and even greater significance for medieval Britain's political history. And finally, it examines the long-term Scottish dimension: Bannockburn was as much a part of Scottish civil war as of Anglo-Scottish conflict.

Dr Alexander Grant is Reader in History at Lancaster University. He is an expert on the Scottish Wars of Independence in the 13th and 14th centuries and his book Independence and Nationhood is one of the key studies of medieval Anglo-Scottish relations.

Sponsored by the Friends of The National Archives.

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