As 8,000 Scottish soldiers, most of them spearmen, faced 18,000 English infantrymen, archers and mounted knights in June 1314, many would have believed 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 of the invaders escaped from Scotland unhurt. This emphatic victory was the moment that enabled Scotland to remain independent. Best-selling author Alistair Moffat captures all the fear, heroism, confusion and desperation of a battle which changed history.

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