This book, published to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the battle, draws on the latest scholarship and archaeological evidence to provide a fast-paced, highly readable and clear narrative of this important story. It also explores the modern legacy of the battle, as politicians delve into the past in order to support their vision of the future.
'Everyone interested in the battle, for whatever reason, would do well to read this engaging book' Sunday Times In Scotland, history and politics often become entangled. For some, the past is a source of inspiration for the future. For others, it becomes a salutary lesson in what mistakes to avoid. The one thing Scottish history is not is dead, fit only for scholars and schoolchildren. In Scotland, on the eve of hard-fought referendum, history is more likely to be seen as a weapon to be wielded in a modern battle for the hearts and minds of the Scottish people. The Battle of Bannockburn (23-24 June, 1314) was a turning point in history, for the English as well as the Scots. This medieval battle helped define the political landscape of Britain. For many Scots this seminal moment from their past has become a patriotic talisman, even though the romantic myths which surround it have all but obscured what really happened. Seven centuries later debates on national identity and Scottish independence will inevitably be influenced by the events of 1314. This landmark study, published to celebrate the 700th anniversary, is a clear and compelling account of Bannockburn, without political spin, tartan-clad embellishments or dry academic obfuscation. In short, this is what every Scot should know before they cast their vote in 2014.
'Bannockburn is an entertaining read, and a welcome addition to the histiography of Medieval warfare'
Military History Monthly
'His relaxed, conversational style is lively, readable and even-handed'
'Konstam's revisiting of the period is a rattling overview of the key events, told in a spirited tone'
'Everyone interested in the battle, for whatever reason, would do well to read this engaging book'
The Sunday Times
'Konstam tells what is a wonderful story with clarity and good sense'
Publication date: 03/03/2016
Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd
Publication date: 15/05/2014
Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd
|Publication date:||3rd March 2016|
|Publisher:||Aurum Press Ltd|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, History,|
Angust Konstam is a widely published and respected military and naval historian, with numerous books to his credit. A former Royal Naval officer, maritime archaeologist and museum curator, he holds degrees from three universities, including a Masters degree from St. Andrews. Before that he studied Scottish Medieval history in Aberdeen University. He is the author of several major books, including Historical Atlas of the Medieval World, Historical Atlas of the Crusades, books about pirates, Renaissance ships and the Scottish soldier. He has given numerous public lectures in Britain, as well as in Europe and North America, and his work ...More About Angus Konstam