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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 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 Details

ISBN: 9780750930789
ISBN-10: 0750930780
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Dec-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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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