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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books (26 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841954659
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841954653
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 997,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* An admirably vivid account of the Scots' greatest victory over the English ...The measured, precise build-up makes the final eruption of violence all the more compelling and impresses upon the reader just how much was at stake on the battlefield of Bannockburn in the summer of 1314. Scotsman * A cracker of a book, which reads like a novel yet has the authority of many a weightier tome Sunday Herald * A thoroughly researched overview of this crucial period of Scotland's history ... it is the sense of calm progression that makes this book so effective Scots Magazine * Peter Reese has vision, insight and understanding. The Herald

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A vivid account of one of the most important conflicts in British history, reissued to mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bob Floyd on 16 Feb 2010
Ok as a Scotsman I thought I knew about Bannockburn, after all we beat the English, oh dear I have spoiled the ending for you.
But seriously, the book starts many years in advance of 1314, and traces the intrigue that existed at that time, within Scotland and across the "border" with England. At times this part of the tale can get a bit complicated, but only because in reality it was complicated.

Bruce was a real politician, understood from an early age, what it would take to steer his destiny to become a king. He was very much a shrewd man of the times, he liked people to be honest and bold with him, even if their message was one he did not want to hear. But above all a very clever military strategist, and trained his seconds well.
The authour Peter Reese, relates the tale well, and makes good use of references of that time to help support his take on the lead up to the main event The Battle of Bannockburn.

He also gives appropriate time to the other key players on both sides of the conflict, who helped shape this period of history.
He concludes with some of the time thereafter, including the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath, which some now believe went on to underpin the sentiments in US Declaration of Independence, some 400 years later.

I for one am even more proud to say I'm Scottish after this read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GCLima on 28 Mar 2011
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I got this book as well as Robert The Bruce King of Scotts to extend the family's knowledge after some films and specials on tv.
It was very interesting read and the whole family enjoyed them. They are both well written and held the attention of everyone children and adults alike.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book! 9 May 2009
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Peter Reese's book on Bannockburn proves to be one of the better books written on the subject. Although relatively a short book, the author manage to covered all the important events prior to Bannockburn and manage to show the cause and effect of the past to see how Robert Bruce created this victory.

I found the book to be highly insightful in the way it present it material, especially on the development of schiltron formation from its origin with William Wallace. A defensive formation under Wallace, Robert Bruce managed to convert this formation into offensive weapon or a defensive one depending on the battle conditions. This was one of the keys to victory at Bannockburn. It was interesting to note that Bannockburn lay the seeds for all future Scottish defeats when the Scots tried the repeat the success of Bannockburn without understanding why Bannockburn was so successful.

But the book also made it pretty clear that at Bannockburn, one of the main reasons for the English defeat was that they were lions led by many brave but stupid rabbits. Even in defeat, the English army could have still won the day but fear is a mind killer as another book would say.

I found the writing to be clear, easy to understand and quite insightful in explaining the English-Scottish politics of this time period. Motivations of both sides are clearly explain and maps provided proves to be quite useful and adds clarity.

This book come highly recommended to anyone interested in Scottish history and the Battle of Bannockburn. As the author pointed out, this battle ensured Scottish independence until several centuries later when the Stuarts ruled both sides of the border.
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