At midsummer 1314 near the Bannock Burn, 8,000 Scottish soldiers, most of them spearmen, faced 18,000 English infantrymen, archers and mounted knights. Many would have thought the result a foregone conclusion.
But two days later, the English were routed, Edward II fled to the coast and took ship for home, and few English and Welsh soldiers escaped unhurt. This emphatic victory was the moment that enabled Scotland to remain independent and pursue a different destiny.
In this book, Alistair Moffst follows in detail the events of two days that changed history, bringing to life all the fear, heroism, confusion and desperation as he describes the tactics and manoeuvres that led to a stunning and unexpected Scottish victory.