THE BATTLE OF THE STANDARD – THE ANARCHY
22nd August 1138
This was a battle fought between David I of Scotland and an English army raised by Archbishop Thurstan of York. The battle was named because the English fought round a wagon bearing the banners of the northern saints.
After the death of Henry I in 1135 , Stephen of Blois had been crowned King over Matilda, Henry I’s daughter. Matilda had raised a force, commanded by her half-brother Robert of Gloucester. King David of Scotland had declared support for Matilda.
Cowton Moor, Northallerton, Yorkshire, England
King David I
William of Aumale
Stephen maintained his hold on England