Lessons from History – 2: Bannockburn.

Once a group of Scotsmen knelt down to pray. Some distance in front of them an Englishman observed them and stated:- “Look, they are bowing down before me!” His companions were silent at his blasphemy, possibly, expecting a bolt of lightning to strike. This was worrying for them especially as they were wearing armour. One of them found voice and rebuked his leader by saying that the Scots were bowing down before God and not him. The first Englishman was named Edward Plantagenet and the second the Earl of Pembroke, the place Bannockburn, the year 1314. The rest, they say, is history. Modern secularists tend to leave this incident out of their history books and documentaries. You might say that this story had no relevance to outcome of the battle. But the Earl of Pembroke commanded the Welsh archers with their deadly longbows that unleashed their hail of death upon Scottish armies for centuries. When battle commenced they were nowhere to be seen. The Scottish schiltrons advanced with discipline and pushed the English back even though they were vastly outnumbered. The reluctance of King Edward 11 to bring the Earl of Pembroke’s men from the fringes of the action until too late, unless it was out of spite for the previous reprimand, does not make military sense. However, as the Welsh archers formed up they were attacked in their flank by the Scottish cavalry, after which the battle became a rout. After the battle the earl gathered his men up and reformed them and marched them south to the English border. King Edward fled in terror and nearly all those who had stayed silent that morning were either dead or prisoners. The Earl of Pembroke was the only one who maintained a shred of honour. Leaving God out of the story, as secularists would like, will in this incident and others leaves the public misunderstanding history.

Incidentally, King Robert 1 who led the Scots in prayer that day was officially excommunicated by the Church of Rome. But God looks on the heart, He listens to those who humble themselves and not those who think they are God. On that occasion, at least, God voted ‘yes’ for Scottish independence. Unfortunately, succeeding generations of Scots have forgotten this, attributing their victory to their inherent moral superiority over the English. In later wars they would pay dearly for thinking that they could take on the English on equal terms with their infantry invariably resembling pin cushions after the English longbow-men opened up with their cloth-yard shafts. Likewise, we have to be careful that we do not look back on one incident of our past when God appeared to favour us, that He should invariably do so ad infinitum regardless of how far we may have strayed from His will.

David G. Rose, 2013

About davidgrose

I am a Bible believing Christian, brought up in the Brethren Movement, and now find myself associating with charismatics even though I do not always agree with them. I am in full-time employment. I have interests in history and photography amongst others.
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