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Edward II the Man: A Doomed Inheritance by Stephen Spinks

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Joining the Medieval Archives today for a question and answer session is historian and author Stephen Spinks. We recently talked with Stephen on the Medieval Archives Podcast. It’s a fantastic talk you don’t want to miss! Stephen’s new book Edward II The Man: A Doomed Inheritance is an in-depth biography of an often overlooked medieval…

MAP#78: Edward II The Man with author Stephen Spinks

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Today’s lesson features a talk with historian and author Stephen Spinks. Stephen’s new book Edward II The Man: A Doomed Inheritance was recently published by Amberley Publishing. Edward II The Man is an in-depth biography of an often overlooked medieval king. Stephen and I talk about his work with the National Trust, his writing and…

Reconstructed face of Robert the Bruce is unveiled

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Historians have unveiled a digitally-reconstructed image of the face of Robert the Bruce almost 700 years after his death. The image has been produced using casts from what is believed to be the skull of the famous Scottish king. It is the culmination of a two-year research project by researchers at universities in Glasgow and…

The diet of the Scots army that defeated King Edwards II’s troops at the Battle of Bannockburn

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To mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, researchers have found out what lined the bellies of Scots troops as they rallied against the English in 1314. They say an army marches on its stomach. And to mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, researchers have found out what lined the…

15th century copy of Battle of Bannockburn poem restored

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The Brus, which was written in 1375, tells of Robert the Bruce’s wars for Scottish independence and has been restored at St John’s College at Cambridge University. A copy of a poem revealing the details of the Battle of Bannockburn has been restored for the 700th anniversary of the battle. “The Brus” is believed to…

MAP#54: The Battle of Bannockburn 1314

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In June 1314 Scotland faced off against England in a battle that would be remembered through the ages. Outnumbered more than 2-1 the Scots banded together to fight the mighty English. The Battle of Bannockburn started out with an epic confrontation between King Robert the Bruce and the English knight Henry de Bohun. The outcome…

MAP#53: War of Scottish Independence 1296-1328

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For everyone living today the Kingdom of Scotland has been apart of the United Kingdom of Great Britain. But the two kingdoms weren’t always united. In fact they have only been unified for 300 years. Prior to the 1707 Treaty of Union, Scotland was an independent nation. Travel back even farther, to the late 13th,…

Scotland gets ready to celebrate Battle of Bannockburn’s 700th anniversary

Bannockburn Battlefield to get new £5m visitor centre for 700-year annivesary in 2014

Music, culture, ancestry, food, drink and fight re-enacting will make the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn a memorable one. Bannockburn Live on June 28-29 will see hundreds of artists and clan members unite for a festival at the Stirling battlefield where Robert the Bruce’s army annihilated the English, led by Edward II, and…

Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre set to open

Bannockburn Visitor Centre

It has been the scene of the most famous battle in Scottish history for almost 700 years. Now 21st century Hollywood technology has been combined with medieval combat techniques to turn the Battle of Bannockburn into Scotland’s newest visitor attraction. From dramatic cavalry charges to sudden archery attacks, the sights and sounds of the battlefield…

Thieves pinch Robert the Bruce sculptures from Doune Castle

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Two sculptures of Robert the Bruce have been stolen from a medieval castle. The busts, one made of sandstone and the other of wood, were taken from a garden at Doune Castle, near Stirling, between August 13 and August 20, although the theft was only reported this week. … Doune Castle, originally built in the…

Bannockburn Battlefield to get new £5m visitor centre for 700-year annivesary in 2014

One of Scotland’s most significant heritage sites is to get a new flagship, £5million visitor centre in an ambitious partnership project between Historic Scotland and the National Trust. The state-of-the-art centre at the site of the Battle of Bannockburn near Stirling will be built in time for the 700th anniversary of the Battle and the…

Science reveals origins of Scone’s famous Moothill

Archaeologists studying the famous Moothill have pinpointed the origins of the ancient inauguration mound for the first time. The new discoveries came from radiocarbon dating of samples retrieved during excavations of a massive ditch which once surrounded the site in the grounds of Scone Palace. Tests have indicated that the mound where ancient Scottish kings…

Kilwinning dig team search for abbot’s bones

More human bones have been uncovered during week three of the Kilwinning archaeological dig. And there is speculation that they could uncover the remains of the abbot, Bernard of Kilwinning, who wrote the declaration of Arbroath – one of the most significant documents in Scottish history. Bernard, who died in 1331, as head of the…