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The Black Douglases

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Published by John Donald Short Run Press, 2007 Softcover book in as new condition.

This volume charts the rise and fall of the Black Douglas dynasty and the impact of great magnates on the late-medieval Scottish kingdom's survival and development. It demonstrates the link between the semi-permanent state of war with England and the exercise of authority inside the kingdom.
But others saw the power of these lords and earls of Douglas in a different light. To their critics the Douglases were a force for disorder in the kingdom: lawless, arrogant and violent. Michael Brown analyses the rise and fall of the family as the dominant magnates of the south, from the deeds of the Good Sir James Douglas in the service of Bruce to the violent destruction of the Douglas earls in the 1450s. "The Black Douglases" includes a series of thematic examinations of the nature of aristocratic power. These emphasise the link between warfare and political power in southern Scotland during the fourteenth century. For the Black Douglases, war was not just a patriotic duty but the means to power and fame in Scotland and across Europe.

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Author(s):
Brown Michael
Condition:
As new
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Paperback
ISBN-10:
1904607594
ISBN-13:
9781904607595
Number of pages:
357
Publisher:
John Donald
Title:
The Black Douglases

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Published by John Donald Short Run Press, 2007 Softcover book in as new condition.

This volume charts the rise and fall of the Black Douglas dynasty and the impact of great magnates on the late-medieval Scottish kingdom's survival and development. It demonstrates the link between the semi-permanent state of war with England and the exercise of authority inside the kingdom.
But others saw the power of these lords and earls of Douglas in a different light. To their critics the Douglases were a force for disorder in the kingdom: lawless, arrogant and violent. Michael Brown analyses the rise and fall of the family as the dominant magnates of the south, from the deeds of the Good Sir James Douglas in the service of Bruce to the violent destruction of the Douglas earls in the 1450s. "The Black Douglases" includes a series of thematic examinations of the nature of aristocratic power. These emphasise the link between warfare and political power in southern Scotland during the fourteenth century. For the Black Douglases, war was not just a patriotic duty but the means to power and fame in Scotland and across Europe.

Author(s):
Brown Michael
Condition:
As new
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
1904607594
ISBN-13:
9781904607595
Number of pages:
357
Publisher:
John Donald
Title:
The Black Douglases

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