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Bannockburn – Robert Bruce Victorious | By Carl O. Schuster | Issue #300

Bannockburn – Robert Bruce Victorious | By Carl O. Schuster | Issue #300

The English army of Edward II marched into Scotland in 1314 to lift the siege of Stirling Castle. Pursuing a Scottish reconnaissance force into the open valley of Bannock Burn in the afternoon of 23 April, the vanguard cavalry espied Scotland’s King Robert Bruce with a group of pikemen. One of the English knights, Henry du Bohun, lowered his lance and charged. Robert avoided the lance and struck Henry’s helmet with an axe, killing him instantly.

Thus began the two-day Battle of Bannockburn. It pitted the smaller, but better led Scottish army against the superior equipped English force. The outcome decided Edward II’s campaign to unite the two kingdoms under his crown…

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