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on 12 August 2014
As Scot I knew the schoolboy account of Bruce and Bannockburn, but I so enjoyed the insight into the life and struggle Bruce had to undergo, and the planning and strategy Bruce employed in winning the battle. If only those who followed been able to follow his lead.
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on 4 August 2014
Very interesting and informative account of the battle before and after found the maps in kindle format difficult to navigate because they were split into multiple pages which slightly spoilt the enjoyment of the book but worth purchasing especially at such a cheap cost.I find it sad that modern suburbia has encroached on such an important historic battle site but needs must I suppose ,will definately buy more osprey titles.
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on 14 April 2014
The Battle of Bannockburn is put into its historical and strategic context.THe two opposing armies are described, from their commanders downwards. The tactics of each army are given in detai, las is the way that the combat progressed to the rout of the English troops. The long-term results of the English defeat are depicted clearly. .
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on 30 May 2014
Why Armstrong would write a book about this without reading his own bibliography is a mystery. He learned nothing from 'Bannockburn Revealed' which is listed there.
The most important issuse are:
1. Where was the battle fought? He has no idea. His version is nonsense.
2. Where were the 4 bogs, the streams, the escarpments, ridges and depressions in the ground (Important and revealing here: one is 75ft, the other 54ft both on the Dryfield). He has the Pelstream drawn badly wrong: he has used Barrow's defective work. The strategy is impossible because of this mistake.
3. Where were the woods? He doesn't know much about this.
4. He has not the least idea about the road, the Ford and St Ninians. In 1314 there was only one road, it had to cross the burn at the Ford because there was no bridge till 1516, a mistake made by almost everyone else. This is explained in BR p359-370. The vital additional critical fact is that the Kirk was built in 1242 beside the road (which went along St Ninians Main Street). So that was the road in 1314. He ought to read this at last, 15 years later.

The list of primary sources is disastrous! There are only three! There should be at least ten. The most vital is Brut y Tywysogyon Peniarth MS20 version trans by Prof Thos Jones, published by Univ of Wales Press, 1952, page 123 there tells us that the battle was fought among the pools. Barbour tells us the English camped in the Carse because of the Pools. Bk12 p467 391-395. These quotes are essential! They define the battle site as the Carse.
I attended the book launch of this and knew immediately that this author's interest was only in Heraldry, the real difficulties of strategy, tactics, ground, personnel, training, were a closed world to him.
His best plan, even yet, is to go back and read the books that do solve the problems.
This book is not worth reading but it has some nice images of Heraldry. Osprey continually show a marked absence of intelligence in all that they publish.
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on 1 September 2014
Factual and very well researched giving a superb account of the battle, the warriors on both sides and the tactics of defeat and victory.

Fun to read and captivating throughout.

Highly recommended.
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on 9 June 2013
another handy addition to my reference library and food for my latest Wargaming interest. Nice plates, but some more plates of individual warriors would have been helpful, like they used to when the campaign series first started.
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on 31 July 2007
Just started reading this book, but the above review is nonsense- the authur sets out an order of battle (page 43), which gives approx 14,000 in the English army and 8,000-10,000 for the Scots.

Neither figure is what could be called controversial or wildly different from other modern accounts, expect maybe for Mel Gibson and fellow travellers.
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on 8 October 2013
This is a good book overall. The only area I feel that lets it down is the lack of colour drawings. With medieval subjects heraldry was important and while this book details the various standards I would like to have seen shield designs etc in colour and not penciled drawings.
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on 9 July 2014
prompt delivery
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on 1 June 2007
Definately a fine bed time read with Horlicks if you are of English chauvenist persuasion and you need a little comforting before getting to sleep while pondering an English disaster.

Like the companion book in the series on Stirling Bridge the authors bias comes through and the now fashionable (though unconvincing) attempt to play down numbers of English involved, and gloss over English losses comes through as the prime reason for this book having been put into print in the first place.

Scottish forces receive a reverse treatment in being increased in size though the author makes little factual justification for this or indeed appears to have made little worthwhile investigation on this matter at all.

With depressing inevitability books both end in a one sided bed time feel good factor (if you are English) by revelling in the (allegedly) minor affairs Scottish victories were while what holocaust blood-baths Scottish defeats were.

Theres much better coverage available out there on both subjects notwithstanding the standard Osprey thin book format.

Too partisan, give them a miss.
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