Freedom’s Sword is a popular history of the longest period of conflict between Scotland and England. Beginning with the true story of William Wallace and his rebellion (subject of the Mel Gibson movie Braveheart), it goes on to cover the spectacular career of Robert the Bruce, arguably Scotland’s most capable military leader of all time.
Freedom’s Sword continues after Bruce’s death, revealing how Scottish invasions of northern England were finally halted and peace negotiated at Berwick in 1357. (After that, English military efforts were concentrated against France, beginning the ‘Hundred Years War’).
Computer-generated maps reveal how Wallace outwitted the English army at Stirling Bridge and how Bruce achieved his incredible victory at Bannockburn. Peter Traquair’s text vividly describes this dramatic era of Anglo-Scottish conflict.