A respite was thus given and something was done to improve the army.
The land prospered rapidly during this respite from the horrors of war.
But, now a century of respite had been granted, the Chaldaeans were at the gates, and there was no sign of valid national repentance.
The noblest names of Scotland now took part in the pursuit of Wallace, who, as great in diplomacy as in war, had visited Rome (he had a safe-conduct of Philip of France to that end), and had at least secured a respite for his country.
The risk was not taken, and the short respite gave time to close the doors in the face of the invader.