James the Good: The Black Douglas

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Luath, 2008 - History - 175 pages

Sir James the Good, one of the finest soldiers Scotland ever produced, is sometimes better known by the name given to him by the English - the 'Black Douglas'. He terrified the northern shires of England throughout the reign of King Robert the Bruce and the Wars of Independence. When Robert the Bruce died Sir James, as his champion, was entrusted with his heart which he carried on the Crusades. David R Ross brings history alive as he tells the story of Sir James' life. Ross' research found him retracing Sir James' journey to the Holy Land and rediscovering battle grounds, providing a personal view of history. With a refreshing look at the subject, and featuring all new information and research, interesting maps, battleplans and photographs, this book will make Scottish history accessible and understandable for the casual reader, while delighting history buffs.

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User Review  - Shuffy2 - LibraryThing

Who was the Black Douglas and why did the English fear him? The Black Douglas, or to the Scots James the Good became one of Robert the Bruce’s most trusted men. His childhood home became known as ... Read full review

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I enjoyed it and the author's passionate exploration of Scotland's past and what the battle and event sites currently look like. It's part history and part travel guide so that if you want to follow ... Read full review


chapter two Experiments in chivalry
chapter three The slow climb to success
chapter four Forging of character by combat

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About the author (2008)

David R. Ross is a prolific author and motorcycle historian. His spare time is spent travelling around historic sites, battlefields and castles exploring the spots where the great, and not-so-great, Scots of history stood. Passionate about Scottish history he works to promote it through magazine contributions and regularly appears on the History and Discovery channels, in the UK and North America. He is particularly interested in Scotland's great leaders and is the convenor of the Society of William Wallace. His Walk for Wallace in 2005 attracted worldwide media attention.

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