The seven hundredth anniversary of the battle in 2014 resulted in a good deal of noise - and some real, concrete research.
I was pleased to be involved in some of that, specifically work on the landscapes of the battle working with Dr Richard Tipping of Stirling University and others.
The results of our labours - most visibly manifest in the 'Battle Map' over which the mock battle is now fought at the new Bannockburn Heritage Centre - have now appeared in the form of a chapter in a newly published book.
Richard Tipping, Aden Beresford, Gordon Cook, Derek Hamilton, John G. Harrison, Jason Jordan, Paul Ledger, Dmitri Mauquoy, John McArthur, Stuart Morrison, Danny Paterson, Nicola Russell and David Smith, 2016. 'Landscape Dynamics and Climate Change as Agents at the Battle of Bannockburn' 111-128, in M. Penman (ed) 2016, Bannockburn, 1314-2014: Battle & Legacy, Proceedings of the 2014 Stirling Conference, Shaun Tyas, Donington.
One of the things which struck me at the time - and strikes even more forcibly now - is that the battle was not just the events on the two days in 1314 nor just the political and military consequences which flowed directly from those two days. It continues to have cultural significance to this day. That is one of the aspects which is brought out in the book, with chapters ranging across topics such as the significance of Stirling Castle in the battle, recruitment to the English army and the continuing memorialisation of the battle both at the 'site' and in books and publications.
This, as you would expect, is a serious academic tome (and costs £35 though it should soon be available in libraries). Let's hope that it's ideas get into wider circulation and begin to inform some of the more 'popular' histories and tales about the battle!