James the Good

James the Good

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The Black Douglas

David R. Ross

ISBN: 9781906307349

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James of Douglas rode into battle with Robert the Bruce, nearly captured Edward II after Bannockburn and chased the English out of the Borders. Known as the Good Sir James by the Scots, and the Black Douglas by the English, he was a great warrior in the Scottish Wars of Independence, yet is barely known in his own country today. 700 years ago, all Scottish castles and strongholds were in the hands of the English. James played an integral role in reinstating Scotland as an independent nation, and his is an incredible story by any standards. James was a brilliant tactician and champion. He retook Douglas Castle from English forces in such a fearsome manner that it became known as Castle Dangerous, laid siege to Carlisle and as Warden of the Marches, raided deep into northern England. After the Bruce's death, James took the king's heart on crusade in Spain, where he met his end fighting for the Chrstian army.