Oldest copy of "The Brus" restored

The oldest known copy of "The Brus," an epic poem describing the Battle of Bannockburn, has been restored in time for the 700th celebration of the event. The poem was written in 1375 by the Archdeacon of Aberdeen. (photos)

The restored work is a 15th century copy held by St John's College, Cambridge, of the poem which covers Robert the Bruce's Scottish wars of independence. The copy was previously so badly damaged that it was virtually unusable, precipitating the restoration and preservation work. "It's likely the anniversary will result in a fresh wave of interest in Bannockburn and we wanted the book to be available in a fit state," said Kathryn McKee, special collections librarian at St John's College.