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Bannockburn: The triumph of Robert the Bruce by [Cornell, David]
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""Bannockburn" will reward readers who like popular history with scholarly substance and academics seeking a well-rounded account of the battle."--John Cramsie, "The Historian"--John Cramsie "The Historian "

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"Outstanding passages...laid out in unsparing, absorbing detail...entertaining and informative."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 946 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Thistle Publishing (1 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LH0GMTK
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
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Format: Hardcover
The Scots usually didn't fare well when it came to pitched battles with the English - the latter's superiority in numbers and arms (heavy cavalry, archers) tilted the odds very much in their favour. The two greatest Scottish victories, Stirling Bridge and Bannockburn, both dating from the same sequence of Anglo-Scottish wars, came about due to a combination of superior general ship on the Scottish side (especially in picking a site that would negate the enemy's advantages) and over-confident or unwise leadership on the English.
The title of this book is slightly misleading. Much of it is actually about the events surrounding Scotland's iconic battlefield victory over the old enemy, including Edward I of England's attempts to exert dominion over Scotland and the struggle to defeat him and his successor the very different Edward II, the social and political situation that divided and weakened the Scots in that struggle, the political problems that weakened Edward II, the personalities and careers of the Scottish and English monarchs, and just how and why this battle (which Edward desperately wanted and Bruce was keen to avoid) came to be fought when and where it was and resulted in the result it did.
The research that has gone into the book is impressive: it is thorough, informative, and (generally) very readable. Occasionally it does get a bit long-winded and shows signs of not being edited as firmly as it might. Sometimes it grows rather fevered, especially in these passages that dwell on " ... must have been going through Bruce's mind as he surveyed the aftermath of the battle" or otherwise set out the author's speculations on characters' thoughts and emotions in particular situations. These could have been reined in a bit. But overall this is a book that avoids the "Braveheart" approach to history-writing, and for those interested in the history of the times it's well worth reading.
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History books can get a big laboured and, well, rather boring. But not this one. Turned into a non-stop read for me. If you want to learn the real story about Robert Bruce, then you will much enjoy this book. Full of information and yet very readable. Brilliant.
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A good read. As a Scot I was always led to believe that Bruce was an honorable hero king. The truth seems to be somewhat different when it comes to honour though his courage appears real enough. The account of Bannockburn was in a manner I have never encountered before and was a eye opener for me.
I really enjoyed it. Very good.
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David Cornell could not have done a better job. Greatly enjoyable and informative at the some time. Written with a touch of class. Would Recommend.
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