Edward II is preoccupied by his wife, which provides an opportunity for Robert the Bruce. However, Bruce is ill. Despite this, the Scots look set to take control of Northumbria. The English have no choice but to recognise the independence of the Scottish crown in the Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton, 1328.

First broadcast:
24 November 2008

Students can use this clip as a starting point to investigate the origins of Scotland's history of independence and self-rule and to explore the question of how Robert the Bruce became King of Scotland. Use to prompt discussion about whether Scotland is an independent country today.