- During those feudal times, loyalty was to one's overlord rather than to one's country; whether that overlord, for instance, the King of England (to whom the Bruce and all the other candidates for the crown of Scotland had sworn fealty in 1291), was of a different nationality from one's own was irrelevant. Robert the Bruce and his adherents were motivated not by patriotism but merely by his dynastic ambition.
- During Bannockburn, it appears, not only the Bruce (who had committed either murder or attempted murder inside a church) but the whole of Scotland was under excommunication by the Pope.
04 August 2014
(“Bannock” has been used, in New England, to apply to a “thin cake baked on a griddle”.)
That this year marks the seven-hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn presumably is the reason why Scottish nationalists have chosen 2014 for the holding of their hubristic and pointless referendum on independence. Here are a couple of facts that you probably didn’t know about the circumstances of that engagement:
The above might prove enlightening to those Scottish patriots who like to believe that Robert the Bruce's side had the moral high ground!