King Robert the Bruce of Scotland
A painting, supposedly from life, of Robert the Bruce and his second wife, Elizabeth de
Burgh. (Now we know where Darcy's obnoxious aunt, Lady Catherine de Burgh, got her
pretensions of grandeur from in Pride and Prejudice).
Bruce was born in 1274 and so was only a few years younger than Wallace.
He emerged as a real hero after Wallace was executed, fighting the English
in his place. He adopted Wallace's guerilla strategy, winning back
territory, village by village, town by town, until his final victory at
the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. Contrary to what is shown in the plot
of Braveheart, Bruce prepared well for this battle and deliberately drew
the English Army to him. He most definitely did not just decide to fight
this battle on the spur of the moment.
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