From the Bloody Heart
The Stewarts and the Douglases
By (author) Oliver Thomson
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From the Bloody Heart by Oliver Thomson
Book DescriptionIn early medieval Scotland bitter rivalry grew up between two immigrant families from Flanders in their struggle for the crown: the Stewarts and the Douglases. From the Bloody Heart covers the period from 1286 to what may be thought of as the "final" defeat of the Stewarts at Culloden in 1745.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780750930789
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Dec-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Oliver Thomson
Impossible Bourbons, Paperback (October 2009)
The Impossible Bourbons provides a remarkable account of this saga's most interesting characters, providing an insight into their lives, achievements and failings.
Rises and Falls of the Royal Stewarts, Hardback (March 2009)
Covers the full 1,000 years of the Stewart dynasty
Romanovs, Hardback (November 2007)
Including maps, portraits of family members and stunning colour photographs of the main surviving Romanov buildings, this absorbing book charts the rise and fall of the Romanov family.
Great Feud, Paperback (November 2005)» View all books by Oliver Thomson
A vivid account of the rivalry, sometimes bloody conflict, between two great families which originated on the west coast of Scotland. The second half of the book charts the peaceful period after 1745 when large numbers of both clans spread rapidly around the world.
UK Kirkus Review » When the Scottish clans go to war against each other they don't pull any punches. That was certainly true in perhaps the most bitter feud of all time between the Stewarts and the Douglases - two families who each coveted the throne and total control north of the border. Yet from the start it was an unlikely scenario, as both families came not from Scotland but from Flanders where they figured only among the minor nobility. It was on setting down Scottish roots that the trouble began, and though it was the Stewarts who went on to seize not only the throne of Scotland but also that of England and the British Empire, the Douglases wielded enormous power in the background. Blackguards abounded on both sides and skullduggery became commonplace - yet there were also some friendships between individual members of the opposing clans that showed in selfless acts at times of crisis. Oliver Thomson has written an entertaining and compelling book that shows this part of Scottish history in all its bloody glory. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Oliver Thomson
Oliver Thomson is the author of Sutton's The Great Feud: The Campbells and the MacDonalds and Easily Led: A History of Propaganda. He is managing Director of one of Scotland's largest advertising agencies. His other publications include A History of Sin.
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