Black Andrew (Lords of the High Country) by Jerry Bennett PDF

By Jerry Bennett

ISBN-10: 1499518609

ISBN-13: 9781499518603

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The English defeat at Bannockburn in 1314 used to be not only an army defeat. It plunged the full of britain right into a kingdom of faction combating and lawlessness from which it'll now not emerge for nearly 20 years. King Edward II and his supporters have been continually adversarial through his cousin, Thomas, Earl of Lancaster. The Northern counties of britain have been principally overlooked, and left to fend for themselves opposed to the raids of Robert Bruce and the victorious Scots.

One Englishman emerged from these chaotic and disastrous years to guide resistance to the Scottish raids. Andrew de Harcla used to be now not a very good manorial lord, yet he used to be a truly able commander, and 365 days after Bannockburn he led the profitable safeguard of Carlisle opposed to an enormous Scottish assault. within the years that undefined, he grew to become the point of interest for the English resistance to the Scots within the West March – the counties of Cumberland and Westmorland - extraordinary again from the depths of Inglewood woodland and the hillsides of the Pennines and the Cumberland fells, and revising his methods of struggling with as he did so. His unswerving squaddies gave him the nickname of “Black Andrew” as their means of claiming he was once pretty much as good a pace-setter because the infamous Scottish commander, “Black” James Douglas.

But the Scots weren't his simply challenge. He encountered a lot jealousy from different landowners within the counties, and the faction battling within the remainder of England continually interfered with and undermined his activities. His love for Anne Neville additionally aroused the hatred of a few participants of that influential relatives. whilst the animosity among King Edward and Thomas of Lancaster ultimately erupted into civil struggle, he raised the boys of the 2 counties to confront and defeat the rebels, which earned him the short aid of King Edward.

But he couldn't defeat Robert Bruce on his personal, and Edward and his favourite-ridden court docket proved both incapable of doing so. The yr 1322 observed better Scottish raids penetrating deeper into England than ever ahead of, whereas Edward suffered a defeat much more harmful than Bannockburn. Andrew felt he needed to attempt to negotiate a extra lasting peace with the Scots, yet may possibly by no means verify no matter if he had the help of King Edward and the courtroom favourites.

But with the potential for the Scots reviving an outdated declare to a lot of the North of britain, it was once a drawback he needed to face…


“Black Andrew” is a piece of fiction and lots of the characters within the ebook are fictional. however it is predicated round genuine occasions and contains many genuine humans from background. i've got learn via as many background texts as i may locate (mostly in Lancaster collage Library) to make this tale as practical as attainable. however it is essentially written from Andrew’s point of view, as an individual who needed to guard the border, and who was once by no means a member of King Edward’s court.

This is the 1st e-book of a brief sequence (Lords of the excessive nation) that hide the restoration of England’s fortunes from utter defeat at Bannockburn to awesome triumph at Crecy, 30 years later. Many best historians have pointed out the strategies that have been devised through Andrew de Harcla as enjoying a big half in that strategy of restoration, and it truly is his legacy that i've got attempted to show in the course of the series.

Jerry Bennett
Kendal - 2010

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