Sonnet 258: The Battle of Bannockburn
My country’s freedom is assured.
The English forces are now crushed.
My right to rule is now secured
And I got allies I can trust.
These warrior monks fight rather well,
Perhaps out of their gratitude.
But do I really have to tell
That is what’s meant by brotherhood?
Here they are safe to keep the flame
And guard the ancient sacred truth;
No lying tongue to charge or blame
Nor pope or king to persecute.
Though pyramids all crumble down,
The lamp shall burn behind my crown.
November 23, 2007
rhyming pattern: abab cdcd efef gg
sonnet type: English Classic in iambic tetrameter
Summary and Historical Background: Battle of Bannockburn, 1314. The English under King Edward II led a larger army against the Scots commanded by their king Robert the Bruce. The English were so badly clobbered that they largely stayed away from Scotland for almost 300 years. After the death of Queen Elizabeth I in 1603, the English throne was offered to King James VI of Scotland who became King James I of England thus uniting the two realms under his person. This was referred to as the "Union of the Crowns" which included also the throne of Ireland. This was more of a dynastic union. It took another century before a more formal political union for Great Britain was established under the Acts of Union of 1707. Regarding the Battle of Bannockburn itself, there is this interesting story about a contingent of Knights Templar who fought on the side of Scotland. At that time, remnants of Knights Templar were hiding wherever they could after the Pope and the French king moved against them. According to one theory, the Knights Templar hiding in Scotland later evolved into Freemasonry thus giving rise to the saying that every Mason is a Knight Templar.
Submitted for HubPages publication: August 5, 2017.