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James the Good: The Black Douglas Paperback – June 1, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1906307349 ISBN-10: 1906307342 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Luath Press Limited; 1 edition (June 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906307342
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906307349
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,892,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

The late David R Ross was born in Giffnock, Renfrewshire and in his early life moved to East Kilbride which remained his long-term home-town. Fascinated with Wallace and Scottish history, Ross began at the age of 17 to travel to some of the historical places known in Scotland. Ross's previous best-selling books include James the Good: the Black Douglas, On the Trail of William Wallace and On the Trail of Robert the Bruce which have all been exceptionally well received in both the UK and overseas.

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This book is fantastic, I couldn't put it down!!
P. Brust
The book is full of detailed descriptions, biographical details, and photographs.
Dawnofday
I highly recommend this book for anyone with a love of Scottish history.
Linda Carmen

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Linda Carmen on August 13, 2009
Format: Paperback
As I have researched Scottish history, I have learned about this amazing man, James Douglas. Thank you, David Ross, for finally giving him the book his life and story deserves.

David Ross has given a thoroughly-researched account of one of the great men of Scottish history, covering his life, from early days to his association with Robert the Bruce, and on to his death while fighting the Moors. The book also gives a great deal of Scottish history, particularly on the Battle of Bannockburn, of which Douglas was one of the great heroes.

Ross includes maps, a section of color photography, a reference time-line, a section on places to visit with a Douglas connection, and a bibliography of further reading.

I highly recommend this book for anyone with a love of Scottish history.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dawnofday on May 12, 2009
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I very much enjoy Ross's work and he doesn't let you down with this one. And he gives a thorough and fascinating look at an amazing Scottish hero--a man beloved of the Scots and hated by the English.

Douglas's life, from dispossessed orphan to young knight to one of the most renowned fighters of his age and at times a diplomat, is amazing and his death carrying the heart of Robert Bruce on crusade and turning aside to save a friend says everything that can be said about the man. He was one of the first practitioners of what we now call guerrilla warfare whose name was used to frighten English children into obedience.

Ross does a great job of going to where Douglas lived, fought and died to give us insight into this great man. The book is full of detailed descriptions, biographical details, and photographs. It is, as Ross always is, highly readable and yet authoritative.

A great addition for anyone interested in Scottish history.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Ozment on October 23, 2009
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This is excellent reading for anyone who wants to know more of their Scottish heritage. You will learn so much more than you did from watching the movie Braveheart. There is also no fiction in the book, only the facts. A must read if you are part of the modern day Clan Douglas.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Foulkes on August 2, 2008
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Another great edition to the series David Ross made famous with his 'On the Trail of'' books tracing the lives of two great Scottish Patriots, Wallace and Brus. So now comes his recount of the vast accomplishments of Scotland's most beloved knight (and my ancestor) James Lord Douglas. As an historical researcher and author of three books on Sir James, his father Sir William le Hardi Douglas and his family and descendants, the My Truth Trilogy... My Truth Lies in the Ruins, In the Shadow of My Truth and most recently My Truth a Mist in Time...I know well the stirring tales that literally jump from the pages of contemporary chronicles and 13th and 14th century documents. Several site locations I was able to find for my books can be attributed to the writings of David Ross; a man who lives for the passion of Scottish history to honor the lives of these great warriors...Liberators for a free and independent Scotland. Saor Alba! [...] Dr. Deborah Richmond Foulkes, FSAScot
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Brust on August 1, 2008
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This book is fantastic, I couldn't put it down!! I'm a Scottish history buff, genealogist and a Douglas descendant, so obviously there was a very personal interest for me. But the unique aspect of this book is that it takes you to the locales present day so you could actually go and relive the history for yourself if you're so inclined - and who doesn't want to go to Scotland and Spain?!!! My family and I recently returned from Teba, Spain, the site of James' last battle. An ex-patriot Scot named Tom McDaid actually offers tours of the area, and it was a great experience, one we'll never forget, and I very much enjoyed reading about the battle for the Castle of the Star in the book. I'm looking forward to reading more of this author's other books. Alba gu brath!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Marchinek on September 29, 2013
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David R. Ross is an amazing author. He takes what the academics give us, gets on his motorcycle and rides to see the places where these people stood, then adds some pride and reality, and finally presents us an amazing account that anyone can read and enjoy. This book gives the real deal account of James's life, as much is known, from his birth around 1286 and on through the Scottish Wars of Independence as one of Robert the Bruce's most trusted battlefield commanders. then it ends with James's death in the sands near Teba, Spain as he fulfills Bruce's last wish by carrying his heart onto crusade. The best part is that at the end of the chapters and many sections of the books, Ross tell's us about the location as it is now and what it is like to visit. The passion, pride, and shear admiration can be felt in every word of this book. Any Scottish patriot, historian, Douglas kin, will enjoy and be inspired by this book. It truly brings Sir James Douglas out of the shadows of Bruce and Wallace and grants him the place he deserves besides these amazing Scottish hero's. I encourage everyone to buy or borrow this book and "feel" Ross's tale of Sir James.
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