King Robert the Bruce of Scotland
The 19th Century view of King Robert Bruce as shown in
stained glass at the Wallace Monument near Stirling, Scotland. Bruce was
crowned in 1306, the year after Wallace's execution. He spent many years
in the forests of Scotland organising Wallace-style raids on the English
occupiers. His chance came in 1314 when he learned of Edward II's plan to
send a large army to quell the unruly Scots. Contrary to what is shown in
Braveheart Bruce and his army went to Bannockburn fully prepared to
do battle. The English generals did not expect Bruce to parlay, but they
did expect to win the day because the English army was about 3 times the
size of the Scottish force.
The story of this momentous battle is extremely stirring. Every Scot knows
1314 as one of the greatest years in history.
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