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1.0 out of 5 stars A One Man Tirade, 6 Jun. 2014
This review is from: The Genius of Bannockburn (Paperback)
Having taught Scottish history I've read a few books on Bannockburn, but this one stands out from the rest. The book is the work of a fanatic who spends much of the book's 450 pages railing against everyone from the academic "establishment" to Stirling Council. It doesn't follow any logical order, and is so badly put together it is all but unreadable. Many of the theories put forward make little historical or military sense. This is not a history book. It is a one man tirade.
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Initial post: 10 Jun 2014 16:28:45 BDT
jamesharvey says:
I have watched "The Quest for Bannockburn" on BBC 2 which ended last night.
In this programme Neil Oliver & Tony Pollard appear to have come to the same conclusion as William Scott as to where the battle was fought and how it was won.
It is a pity that William Scott was not invited to appear on this programme as he had reached his conclusion many years earlier.
Perhaps his "railing against everyone" is now justifiable ?

Posted on 16 Jun 2014 15:45:37 BDT
Last edited by the author on 16 Jun 2014 15:50:02 BDT
W. Scott says:
What you (Colston) do not realise is that I established all the main results about Bannockburn in 'Bannockburn Revealed' in the year 2000. I exposed errors by History Professors who tried to bury my book because of it. That book has been highly commended by the Ex Keeper of the Records of Scotland, Patrick Cadell in Scottish Local History (Spring 2006), among others. Since then, the impulse to prove everything utterly and completely has been the ambition and the two subsequent books 'Bannockburn Proved' and 'The Genius of Bannockburn' do that. It has been essential to correct the errors of the past before the truth could be proved. The failed history profs would not admit their errors, even in 'corrected; versions of their books in 2005. That is why the attack upon them had to be severe. A lot of folk are delighted by the very books that you do not like. Here is what Col Bruce Niven MA, MBE Ex Chief of Staff of the SAS said about 'The Genius of Bannockburn':

'I am fortunate enough to have received and been able to absorb your splendid book.....what can I say? It is a triumph... You come across as an Historian, Scientist, Geographer, Hydrologer, and also as a first-class strategic and tactical commander, able to appreciate GROUND and LEADERSHIP in impeccable detail. I greatly admire your tenacity, passion, energy and great dedication to the task you set yourself. Your meticulous sifting of all the scientific evidence (largely uncovered and exposed by yourself) is breathtaking and I can feel and admire the amount of time you must have spent out on the ground, again and again and in all weathers (like Bruce himself must have done) in order to APPRECIATE THE SITUATION and so get the battle plan correctly conceived. The detail of the actual battle and so contact between the opposing forces is  masterly.'

If you do not believe this I will try to find a way whereby you can confirm it for yourself and yet that Bruce will not be bothered by a host of unwanted emails.
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