This fall, Scottish citizens will vote on whether their country will leave the United Kingdom and declare its full independence.
But exactly 700 years ago, their ancestors declared their freedom in a less peaceful manner - dealing the British a bloody, pivotal defeat on the battlefield.
Tony Mullis, a military historian at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, discusses The Battle of Bannockburn on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
In 1314, English King Edward II led an army north to quell the rebellious Scots and their king, Robert Bruce. They clashed at Bannockburn on June 24, and the Scottish side prevailed despite being outnumbered 2-1 and forcing England to formally concede the Scots' independence.
Admission to the event is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes it. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District parking garage at 10th & Baltimore.
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