From the Bloody Heart - The Stewarts and Douglases, by Oliver Thomson
Book published by Sutton in 2003, 212 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N4003)
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In early medieval Scotland bitter rivalry grew up between two immigrant families from Flanders in their struggle for the crown - the Stewarts, who went on not only to win the Scottish crown but that of Great Britain and its empire, and the Douglases, who won great lands and possessions but were never to gain the crown.
This book tells the fascinating saga of these families as they grew in power and influence, but remained locked in a bitter feud. It covers the period from 1286 to what may be thought of as the "final" defeat of the Stewarts at Culloden in 1745. From the murder of the 'Black' James Douglas by King James II, through to the murder of King James III by the 'Red' Douglases, there was much that was cruel and inhuman in the history of these two great families. Yet, there were also acts of selflessness, as when a young Douglas woman tried desperately to save the life of James I and when a young Douglas man rescued Mary Queen of Scots from Loch Leven prison.