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Bannockburn: The triumph of Robert the Bruce

Bannockburn was a pivotal battle in British history. It remains Scotland's most celebrated military victory and ranks as one of the most humiliating defeats England has ever suffered. As such it was a formative influence on the national identity of both countries.

Its extraordinary outcome lends Bannockburn an enduring fascination and yet there has been no major revision of the battle for almost a century. Many questions still remain unaswered. By thoroughly re-examining the sources, and by firmly placing Bannockburn in its political context, it is possible to provide answers for these questions and to begin to understand how such an extraordinary outcome was possible.

The story of Bannockburn is dominated by great historical figures such as the Black Douglas; Giles d'Argentan, the third best knight in Christendom; the notoriously incompetent Edward II; and above all by the iconic figure of Robert Bruce. Their roles in this bloody encounter are fully retraced in this book, along with the chaotic horror of the battle itself.


"An excellent analysis of Edward II’s political ineptitude and Robert the Bruce’s strategic skills... Bannockburn is a terrific story."

The Times

"A full and convincing account of the battle of Bannockburn, positioned within a political and military context."

Scotland Magazine

"David Cornell brings the latest scholarship to life in an engrossingly detailed and yet unfailingly exciting study."


"Presented with such a scholarly and well-annotated book, the question arises as to whether one could recommend it to a non-specialist readership. In this case on can do so without hesitation..."

The Tablet

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