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You must read this.At last,a convincing explanation for the Scottish victory at Bannockburn.
, 12 May 2014
This review is from: The Genius of Bannockburn (Paperback)
The author explains,at great length and with many maps and proofs,that Bruce attacked the English army ,in their camp at dawn, in the carse of Balquhidderock which is bounded by the Pelstream and the Bannockburn.
Bruce led the Scottish army,"everyone on foot", on an 830 yard front, to within yards of the English camp.He then had them kneel down and set their "pike butts in the ground"The English were now surrounded by the pikemen,many layers deep,and the waters of the pelstream and the bannockburn.
The English,totally taken by surprise,mounted and charged in an attempt to break through the wall of pikes.They could not get up enough speed and were easily impaled or dehorsed.The cavalry could not retreat to regroup because of the pressure of the bulk of their army behind them.The Scots advanced,pikes extended,de-horsing and killing till the English were forced to attempt to cross the muddied waterways where many more were drowned.
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