With only a matter of weeks until one of the highlights of the summer, Bannockburn Live, the BBC’s new history programme, The Quest for Bannockburn, is essential viewing for those keen to uncover Scotland’s fascinating – and extremely bloody – medieval history.
Follow renowned historians Neil Oliver and Tony Pollard as they go in search of the answers to what really happened during that fateful battle of 1314.
Questions that have been debated for centuries, including how did Robert the Bruce secure a victory against an army much stronger than his, and where exactly did the battle take place, will be examined during this thrilling two-part series.
Neil and Tony tackle this investigation from all angles, researching ancient accounts of the battle, talking to experts and getting their hands dirty during battlefield dig where they make some extraordinary discoveries. You’ll also see the duo examine the 14th century landscape of Stirling using the 3D technology at Battle of Bannockburn visitor centre – you can visit this brand new, state-of-the-art visitor attraction and experience it for yourself.
Look out for the appearance of the formidable Charlie Allan and Clanranald, the group of highly-trained re-enactors who will be co-ordinating the epic battle performances during Bannockburn Live, a feast of food, music and history which takes place on the site of the famous battlefield on 28 – 29 June.
During the BBC programme, Charlie and his men demonstrate some of the tactics employed by the Scottish forces during the two days of fighting, including the formation of impenetrable schiltrons and creating a minefield of cavalry-destroying pits. Parts of the battle are spectacularly brought to life through carefully staged recreations.
You can see these brutal combat techniques displayed before your very eyes when hundreds of re-enactors clash at Bannockburn Live – it’s the biggest performance of its kind to ever take place in Scotland.
The first episode was broadcast on BBC Two Scotland on Monday 2 June followed the second episode on Monday 9 June. If you missed it, you’ve still got time to watch the documentary on BBC iPlayer – it’s available until Monday 16 June.
Discover more about the Battle of Bannockburn and Bannockburn Live in the VisitScotland blog.