By Ben Macintyre
One December evening in 1942, a Nazi parachutist landed in a Cambridgeshire box. His venture: to sabotage the British conflict attempt. His identify used to be Eddie Chapman, yet he could presently turn into MI5's Agent Zigzag. rushing and louche, brave and unpredictable, the traitor was once a patriot inside of, and the villain a hero. the matter for Chapman, his many enthusiasts and his spymasters used to be realizing who he used to be. Ben Macintyre weaves jointly diaries, letters, images, stories and top-secret MI5 documents to create the exhilarating account of Britain's so much sensational double agent.
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He had a retinue of 50 knights and men-at-arms of whom the names of 13 are known to us, of these only Sir Miles Stapleton seems to have been killed in the battle. R e s u l t s o f t h e f i r s t d a y ’s f i g h t i n g The defeat of Clifford’s cavalry brought the fighting of 23 June to an end; it was late in the day and no further attempt was made to break through to Stirling Castle. This setback, following close upon the repulse of the Earls of Hereford and Gloucester, spread gloom and discouragement throughout the ranks of the English army.
Robert Bruce, King of Scots, at the battle of Bannockburn. (model by the author) Some survivors of Clifford’s force rode headlong towards Stirling Castle and others, including Clifford himself, fled back the way they had come to the main body of the English army. The Monk of Malmesbury tells us that Clifford was killed the following day along with Gloucester, Payn Tibetot and William Marshall. Clifford was, after the Earl of Gloucester, the most prominent of those killed at Bannockburn. He had a retinue of 50 knights and men-at-arms of whom the names of 13 are known to us, of these only Sir Miles Stapleton seems to have been killed in the battle.
Clifford’s force, as both Grey and Barbour emphasise, rode in the open fields, well clear of the trees of the New Park, towards Stirling. The route they took was most probably along the track known as ‘the Way’, which skirted the escarpment along the flat carse and led to a ford where the Bannock Burn issued from its gorge on to the Carse of Balquhiderock. They rode past St Ninian’s Kirk, below which the boggy Pelstream Burn flows into the carse. They were unopposed and must have thought their way to Stirling was clear.
Agent Zigzag: The True Wartime Story of Eddie Chapman: Lover, Traitor, Hero, Spy by Ben Macintyre