William Wallace - Infamous Trial - ROBERT THE BRUCE ACHIEVES THE DREAM

Wallace had a vision: "Pro libertate - for freedom." Within ten years after his death, the Scots achieved his dream. In 1314, at Bannockburn, Robert the Bruce crushed an English army twice the size of his own. It had not been an easy process.

Legend has it that after one of his defeats, Robert the Bruce hid in a cave to avoid capture himself. While in the cave, he watched a spider trying to make a web. The spider kept falling and starting again. Inspired by those continued efforts, the Bruce told himself:

If at first you don't succeed, try and try again.

He did just that and finally led his country to the brink of independence from England.

By the time of Bannockburn, Longshanks was dead and his son, Edward II, ruled England and Wales. A weak and ineffective king, the first Prince of Wales was no match for the Scottish forces.

After Bannockburn, the Scots set forth their terms of Independence in the Declaration of Arbroath, signed at Arbroath Abbey in 1320. Even the man who had betrayed William Wallace, Sir John Monteith, signed the Declaration. It remains one of the greatest declarations by people fighting to be free.

The pope, who at that time wielded great influence between nations, also approved the declaration of Scottish independence.

But declaring independence, and actually being free, are different things. Although the battle of Bannockburn did not completely end the fighting, the English had to deal with compelling evidence of Scottish will. An army half the size of Edward II's was victorious.

Peace between the two countries was finally negotiated with the Edinburgh-Northampton Treaty of 1328. Wallace's dream became reality. Scotland was independent. Robert the Bruce became King Robert I.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: Jul 01, 2002

Updated Last Revision: Apr 26, 2019

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