How King Edward II Hoped Girl Power Would Vanquish the Bruce

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Byline: George Mair

ENGLAND'S King Edward II tried to use girl power to defeat Robert the Bruce's army at Bannockburn.

Historians say the English monarch sent female spies, including one called Juliana de Goldingham, to gather information from Stirling ahead of the 1314 battle.

It was hoped that their information would help Edward vanquish the Scots. Instead, he was famously sent homeward to think again.

The spy is one of several characters from the battle, including the kings themselves, who will be brought back to life at the new multi-million pound Bannockburn visitor centre which will to open on the 700th anniversary of the conflict in 2014.

The National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland, who are collaborating on the project, are looking for six people to 'become the faces of 3D characters'.

The project's interpretative designers Bright White Ltd are working with an Academic Advisory Panel featuring some of the UK's top historians to produce a new interpretation of the battle.

According to the panel, Juliana de Goldingham was a spy or 'exploratrix' in her twenties. They say: 'All we know for certain is she is named as an exploratrix or spy in an English royal writing.

'Spies are crucial to this war, especially for the English sending messages to each other. …