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BRIEF DESCRIPTION: English Knights charge their armored war-horses, 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.
NOTE: This is the newly revised version of the original Mark Churms 1994 oil painting. It has been digitally altered by the artist to show The Earl of Gloucester (center) with a swan-crest atop his great helm, instead of the original ox-head, which can bee seen on all other art prints (and on the original oil painting).
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War In Scotland! 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!
Medieval Heavy Cavalry Attacks 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 maneuver. 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
"Thank you. Your artwork is fantastic." C. CAVINESS
THE BATTLE OF BANNOCKBURN - Scotland 1314A.D. Medieval History Art Print from Mark Churms available (revised version), originally published on paper by Canston Fine Arts of Scotland (original version).