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 the English progress through Scotland on a map, and Bruce's retreat. Then they could make a pros and cons chart of Bruce's possible options, to understand his dilemma.