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5.0 out of 5 stars You must read this.At last,a convincing explanation for the Scottish victory at Bannockburn., 12 May 2014
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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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Initial post: 10 Jun 2014, 16:07:29 BST
jamesharvey says:
Since writing my review on 12/5/2014 I have watched "the Quest for Bannockburn" on BBC 2 which finished last night 9/6/2014.
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.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jun 2014, 17:55:20 BST
Colin Martin says:
I strongly suspect that the review is by the author himself

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jun 2014, 15:30:31 BST
W. Scott says:
Quite right. The programme was plagiarism. They had my books and made use of them without any reference. That is, they stole my discoveries. In fact, they proved nothing. I proved everything.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jun 2014, 15:32:32 BST
W. Scott says:
Not so, Colin. You are a cynic.
The success I have had in solving such difficult problems could not have occurred (I think) without a demand continuously for total honesty.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jun 2014, 23:49:55 BST
jamesharvey says:
NO-I am not William Scott.He is more than capable of speaking for himself.Have you reviewed the book?

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jun 2014, 23:53:00 BST
jamesharvey says:
I wonder if they are going to publish a book "The Quest for Bannockburn".

Posted on 28 Jun 2014, 23:58:31 BST
jamesharvey says:
I see BBC 2 are showing a repeat of "The Quest for Bannockburn" tomorrow Sunday 29/6/14.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jun 2014, 13:21:17 BST
W. Scott says:
Quite right, James. Some of the discussion has been erased by amazon.
Colin Martin's criticism that mine is malicious is invalid. I am rightly appalled when important historians whose mistakes I have exposed and demolished, replacing them by the truth, are not admitted. I am just as appalled when authors of history books say they have read mine and even put them on their bibliography when it is clear that they have not read them at all.
Correcting mistakes is a necessary act in scholarship.
It should hardly need saying that scholars are bound to search for the truth, eradicate errors which (otherwise) would not be noticed and become unwarranted assumptions. And when the truth is available, avail themselves of it and promote it against the selfish interests of those with something to lose by it.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jun 2014, 13:25:35 BST
Last edited by the author on 29 Jun 2014, 23:50:57 BST
W. Scott says:
Well it was a repeat and very poor as you know! The key is their assertion that there were only 4 sources, all written decades later. Nothing can be proved with that.
As you know there are many more. About two dozen essential sources and maybe more. All printed and used in GB, as you will be aware.

Bruce defending a treeless area a mile wide with 6,000 troops? Crazy.
The road went across the ford as you also know.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Jun 2014, 15:21:23 BST
Last edited by the author on 2 Jul 2014, 09:00:07 BST
Mac says:
Initially wrote this book/author of as a crank, but after watching 'Quest for Bannockburn'(BBC2) I am now
inclined to at least give him the benefit of the doubt and read his opinions/findings.

Re'...'Bannockburn: The Battle for a Nation' by Alistair Moffat. I attended the NLS event to promote the book
and was surprised to find there are no illustrations or photo's to describe the battle(very strange).

My impression at the end of the (1 hour) reading was that the book has been written as a screenplay in the hope a Hollywood producer will make a film from it (Braveheart perhaps?).

So, if Amazon doesn't delete this post, I hope to do a proper review of W Scott's book once it arrives.
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