This day in history, September 11

810 years ago, in 1297, the Scots under William Wallace and Andrew de Moray defeated the English under Edward I in one of the major battles of the First War for Scottish Independence. The Scottish army was vastly outnumbered, but after a number of the English had crossed the bridge they attacked and forcibly divided the army. The Scots destroyed those who had crossed the bridge, and the rest of the English army lost heart – they probably believed they were dealing with a rabble, not with a well-disciplined army. One English knight, the portly Hugh de Cressingham, was flayed after being killed in battle, the pieces of flesh divided among certain Scottish soldiers. Wallace himself supposedly took enough to make himself a new sword belt.

Stirling Bridge was a shattering defeat from the English and showed that, under the right circumstances, a disciplined infantry army could defeat a calvary force. Andrew de Moray died of wounds sustained in the battle, and in March 1298 Wallace had emerged with the title Guardian of Scotland, in large part due to his success at Stirling Bridge.

Perhaps next year on “This day in history, September 11” I’ll post about the Council of Agde, in AD 506.

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  1. […] An Absolution Revolution tells of Mel Gibson’s defeat of the English at the Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. This is similar to my approach to dealing with 9/11, which is to talk about the lesser known atrocities of the date, and try to counteract America’s 9/11 hyperbole via context. Except Jason went with a victory rather than a tragedy, which is subtle, but still a flamethrower analogizing. Of course, it’s entirely possible he just wants to talk about a historically significant events of the date, but I’m skeptical. […]

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