The 700th anniversary of the battle is being celebrated at a number of Scottish events, including Bannockburn Live, a two-day re-enactment weekend on 28 and 29 June.
One of the oldest surviving copies of a poem detailing the real battle has been restored in time for the battle's 700th anniversary. The 1,400-line epic poem "The Brus" covers Robert the Bruce's Scottish wars of independence.
See! Unlike today, poetry was important in those times. I guess the rhythm and rhyme helped people to memorize events.
A 15th century copy of the poem written by the Archdeacon of Aberdeen in about 1375 has been restored by a team at St John's College at Cambridge University. No copies of the poem written in the author's own hand survive, but two copies are held at the National Library of Scotland, in Edinburgh.
After centuries of use by researchers and displays, the manuscript became badly damaged, with pages torn and sections hard to read because of dirt. Specialists spent several months taking the book apart, cleaning and repairing it, and stitching it back together to the original 15th century pattern. The fully restored version should help scholars of the Scottish wars and medieval literature.
Eco warriors are fighting right now to prevent the destruction of endangered wildlife, ancient trees and a historically important Iron Age fort.
Campaigners will march today in the footsteps of the “sma’ folk” who helped Bruce to victory as part of a modern protest against quarrying on a landmark hill overlooking the 1314 battlefield.
Campaigners fear all this will disappear if new proposals for quarrying go ahead. A large part of the hill has already been cut away during past excavations, but protesters say it is time to safeguard what is left.
Preserving the past is important, but maybe society should concentrate on looking after what we have today.