Bannockburn: Battle for Liberty - John SadlerBarnsley: Pen & Sword Military, 2008, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Maps; References; Glossary; Appendices ;
From the cover: “The Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 was one of the decisive battles of British history. The bitter hostility between England and Scotland which had continued since 1296, the contrasting characters of the opposing commanders Edward II and Robert the Bruce, the strategy of the campaign and the tactics of the battle itself — all these elements combine to make the event one of absorbing and lasting interest. And the enormous impact of the Scottish victory on the fate of the two kingdoms means the battle is ripe for the vivid and scholarly reassessment that John Sadler provides in this fascinating book. The Scottish victory meant that Scotland would not simply become an appendage to England but would remain a free and independent state — it also implied the war would continue.
His account focuses on the traditional enmity that had soured relations between the two kingdoms, and he compares the rival armies and their differing styles of combat. In particular, he analyses how the Scottish army of spearmen could defeat the English mounted knights and men at arms. He also sets the battle, and the tactics used, in the context of contemporary warfare on the continent of Europe.
John Sadler’s perceptive study incorporates the results of the latest documentary and archaeological research, and in it he exposes the common misunderstandings that have grown up around this pivotal event in British medieval history.”