"The Battle of Bannockburn: 1314" by Aryeh Nusbacher, Tempus Publishing Ltd, Stroud, Gloucestershire: 2000. Nusbacher is currently senior lecturer in War Studies at Sandhurst and was historical consultant for the History Channel's documentary on Bannockburn.
I have not seen the work of the History channel but Nusbacher's book is very good.Not only does he
have a colorful, easy-reading style, he
brings fresh new insight on the battle.Nusbacher
follows a trend set my another Sandhurst
historian, John Keegan, who in his
landmark book "The Face of Battle" focused not on speculations about what generals do or did but how the battle went for the individual soldier.By viewing it from the trenches a much better picture emerges of not only the battle but why the soldiers were there in the first place.
The book starts with a general criticism of previous assessments.Medieval writers were nearly all trying to make some patron look good.Military analysts labored under false presumptions about warfare in that era.
goes on, "The conduct of the battle is not the only fertile ground for illusion.The composition of the armies, for example, is subject to modern notions.Every Scots lad who hears tales of Bannockburn from his
grandfather or from a boys book on the subject may have visions of a Scottish army
of kilted and bonneted lads marching to the pipes and shouting ‘Claymore.' The English side is populated with heavily armored men with Oxbridge accents and heraldic surcoats, accompanied by a peppering of renegade Scots who twirl their traitorous mustaches."
The traditional view of the battle has Edward's knights becoming mired in the boggy ground round the burn and unable to bring archers or infantry into play.Nusbacher
paints a very different picture.
This book is not only technically interesting, Nusbacher
tells a great story.The truth is better than fiction.
Interesting sounding book.... is it availlable here in the US? by , 12/31/69
Yep, you can get it here. by , 12/31/69