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Scottish Medieval Knights Military History Art Prints - Robert The Bruce at Bannockburn
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BANNOCKBURN - 2 DAY BATTLE
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IN SINGLE COMBAT
- Scotland, Near Stirling Castle, -
1314 A.D.


Robert Bruce - King of Scots
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rOn The first day of the Battle of Bannockburn, the King of Scots cleaves in two, the Great Helm (helmet) of a chivalrous English knight, with his mighty axe, in full view of his triumphant Scottish army! Scotland, June 23th, 1314 A.D.
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THE BATTLE OF BANNOCKBURN BEGINS...

Far ahead of Edward II's main army, marching from Falkirk to relieve Stirling Castle, rides the English vanguard. Late on that day, 23rd June 1314, these horsemen advance along the Roman road and cross Bannockburn. Eager for combat, Gloucester's bold Barons and Knights spur on their chargers towards the gathered Scottish infantry.

Surprise Cavalry Attacks
Robert the Bruce, King of Scots, not yet fully dressed for battle, sits astride a grey pony. He rides out ahead of his formations to observe the enemy's advance. One of the English Knights, Sir Henry De Bohun, seeing the King's vulnerable position, gallops ahead of his fellows to engage Bruce in single combat. Undaunted, the King holds his ground. Skillfully turning his mount away from the thrust of the Knight's deadly lance; in one movement he swings his battle axe down upon his enemy's head with such force that the handle is shattered and the unfortunate attackers skull is split in two.

First Blood For Scotland

In triumph, Bruce returns to the cheers of his countrymen who before the day is out will soon deliver a similar fate upon many other English noblemen. As the light fades the Riders retire but both armies know well that the main battle of Bannockburn has yet to begin.

IN SINGLE COMBAT - THE BATTLE OF BANNOCKBURN- Scotland 1314A.D.
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LET BATTLE COMMENCE!
BANNOCKBURN - 2nd DAY
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English Knights charge their armored war-horses,
in vain, against a solid mass of Scottish
spears. Robert Bruce, King of Scots, is victorious
over the army of Edward II, on the second
day of the Battle of Bannockburn, Scotland,
June 24th, 1314 A.D.

With the full might of England's army gathered before the besieged Stirling Castle, Edward II, Plantagenate, is confident of victory. To the west of Bannockburn, Robert Bruce, King of Scots, kneels to pray with his men and commends his soul to God. Patiently awaiting the coming onslaught in tightly packed schiltroms, his spearmen and archers are well prepared for battle. Unknown to the English, the open marsh of no man's land conceals hidden pits and calthrops, major obstacles for any mounted charge. Despite Clifford's and Beaumont's premature and unsuccessful attempt to relieve Stirling the day before, years of victory have caused the brave English knights to regard their Scottish foes with contempt. So, without waiting for the 'flower of the forest' (archers) to weaken the enemy formations, the order is hurriedly given to attack!

English Heavy Cavalry Charge!
With one rush, hundreds of mounted knights led by the impetuous Earl of Gloucester, thunder headlong through the boggy ground straight for the impenetrable mass of spears, hurling themselves into defeat and death. With dash and courage the knights try to force a way through but the infantry stand firm. There is no room to manoeuvre. Everywhere horses and men crash to the ground. Casualties amongst the English nobility are horrific. Bruce seizes the moment and orders the exultant army to advance. The English recoil and are pushed back into the waters of the Bannockburn where many perish in the crush to escape the deadly melee. Edward II, his army destroyed, flees with his bodyguard for the safety of the castle but is refused refuge and has to fight his way south to England. For Robert Bruce and Scotland, victory is complete.

The following Personalities are identified in this panoramic art print:

FOR SCOTLAND

Left to Right (Scottish nobility are represented by their Standards)


ROBERT BRUCE King of Scots
Sir GILBERT HAY of ERROL High Constable of Scotland
Sir NEIL CAMBELL of LOCHAWE
EDWARD BRUCE Earl of Carrick
WALTER FITZALAN Sixth Great Steward of Scotland
Sir JAMES DOUGLAS Lord of Douglas

FOR ENGLAND
Right to Left (English knights and nobility featured)


EDWARD II PLANTAGENATE King of England & INGRAM de UMFRAVILLE
Sir PAN TIPTOFT
RICHARD de BURGH Earl of Ulster
Sir HENRY de BEAUMONT
Sir AMER de VALENCE
Sir HUGH DESPENSER
Sir JOHN BOTETOURTE
GILBERT de CLAIRE, Earl of Gloucester
Sir JOHN de SEGRAVE
SIR JOHN COMYN

THE BATTLE OF BANNOCKBURN- Scotland 1314A.D.
Medieval History Canvas Art Print from Mark Churms, originally published on paper by Cranston Fine Arts of Scotland,
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VICTORY FOR SCOTLAND!
1314
- Scotland, Near Stirling Castle, -
KING ROBERT THE BRUCE


Robert Bruce - King of Scots
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By Mark Churms


rOn The Last day of the Battle of Bannockburn, the King of Scots Robert Bruce "King of Scots", in his great helm, chain mail and mounted on his galloping warhorse, charges with his heavy knights against the disintegrating English Army of Edward II.
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THE ENGLISH ARE DEFEATED!
Scottish King Robert the Bruce pursues the defeated army of the English King, Edward II on the second day of the Battle of Bannockburn (near Stirling castle, Scotland). Though outnumbered, three to one by an English force of over twenty thousand men, Bruce wins a great victory which will give him undisputed control over Scotland. However, it will not be until 1328, one year before his death of old age that Scotland will eventually gain full independence from the English crown.

Bruce, born in 1274, is a distant relative of the Scottish royal family and always has ambitions to be king. Inspired by William Wallace's resistance to the English, he will see his dreams realized, though not without bloodshed! A few weeks prior to his coronation in 1306 he stabs to death his fellow Guardian of Scotland (and chief rival) Sir John Comyn of Badenoch in the Dumfries church of Gray Friars, following one of many heated arguments! Though proclaimed Scottish King and crowned at Scone, he is now not only a sworn enemy of the enemy of the English and the Comyns; but is also excommunicated from the Catholic Church by Pope Clement V for committing murder on holy ground! Bruce and his supporters are quickly beaten on the field of battle at Methven in Perthshire. His family members are captured, imprisoned and three of his brothers are executed by the English.

Bruce flees to Ireland's Antrim coast, in complete despair! But here a legend is borne! While Bruce hides in a cave, he draws inspiration from a determined spider that repeatedly tries and tries again to spin a web and finally succeeds. According to legend, Bruce takes courage from the spider and returns to Scotland to fight and regain power.

Fortunately for Bruce, the brutal and successful military commander King Edward I of England (also known as "Hammer of The Scots") dies in 1306. He is replaced by his inept son, Edward II. Bruce sees his opportunity to strike back at the English occupying forces in Scotland with a lightning hit and run guerilla tactics. In 1307 with his friend, Sir James Douglas, Bruce wins his first victory on Palm Sunday. Now with growing support from the Clans, he lays siege to and destroys all Scottish castles garrisoned by the English. By1314 the only fortress to remain loyal to England is Stirling Castle.

Edward II amasses a huge force to break the siege but is soundly defeated at the two-day battle of Bannockburn. Now Bruce advances towards England itself and even captures the town of Berwick in 1318. In 1320, the earls and barons of all Scotland petition the new Pope John XXII with the famous Declaration of Arbroath; asserting Scottish independence and in 1324 the pope recognizes Bruce as rightful King of an Independent Scotland. By now there is also a new King, Edward III, on the throne of England (his father, Edward II having been deposed and murdered by conspirators). This new King signs the peace treaty with Scotland in 1328 that finally renounces all English claims to Scotland. "Good King Robert" dies one year later at the age of fifty-four. This great Scottish hero is buried in Dunfirmline but his Heart was removed and carried on crusade to the Holy Land by Sir James Douglas.

From Left to right:

Sir James "the Black" Douglas, Lord of Douglas
Robert Bruce, King of Scotland
Edward Bruce, Earl of Carrick, High King of Ireland (brother to the king Robert)
Sir Robert Keith, Great Marischal of Scotland commander of the cavalry at Bannockburn)

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THE BATTLE OF BANNOCKBURN- Scotland
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Scottish military history would not be the same if William Wallace went through crisis management training. After hiding out in Ireland for a while, Scottish King Robert of Bruce returns back to Scotland after King Edward I dies believing this was the perfect opportunity to strike. Luckily for him, he didn't need TATA AIG travel insurance. King Robert the Bruce was like an exterminator nyc as he defeated the British army and King Edward II on the second day of the Battle of Bannockburn. But it wasn't until after his death that Scotland was truly independent from England.

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