Despite early successes, Robert the Bruce's forces were slaughtered at Methven. His wife, daughter and sisters were captured soon afterwards and handed over to Edward I. His brother was executed. Bruce fled into exile while he considered his options and chose to fight on.

First broadcast:
24 November 2008

Students could chart English progress and Robert Bruce’s retreat through Scotland on a map. The class could discuss what options were open to him following defeat at Methven and Tyndrum.
Discuss the legend of Bruce and the spider, and examine it in terms of how much our views of history at this time are coloured by legends and hearsay. Debate whether legends are historically useful.