His hair was black, so I heard say His limbs were finely made and long His bones were large, his shoulders strong His body was well-knit and slim And so say those who set eyes on him, When happy, charming was he, And gentle and sweet in company, But those who with him in battle saw
Another countenance he wore!
John Barbour (1375)
James, erstwhile Lord of Douglas, pushed aside a heavy branch, heavy with leaves, to peer up the long slope.
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Fourteenth-century Scotland suffers under the heel of England's King Edward, but James Douglas refuses to give up the fight for freedom. Above all else, James fears that his life and his own dream--of a free Scotland--might be lost to Edward's lust for conquest. As James wages a guerrilla war to drive out the invader and reclaim his birthright, King Edward brings a vast army to crush the Scottish resistance. In the midst of the brutal war, even the woman James loves is threatened by his implacable sense of duty.
In a conflict poised to reach a bloody crescendo, the Scots and English cross swords in a reckoning that will determine Scotland's survival.