The Douglas Bastard

A Historical Novel of Scotland

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Pub Date 26 Apr 2022 | Archive Date 30 Dec 2022
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"Packed with vivid details, this tale delivers a real treat for Middle Ages history buffs."
Kirkus Reviews

King Robert the Bruce and the Black Douglas are dead — and Scots once more must fight for their freedom.

Young Archibald, the Black Douglas's bastard son, returns from exile to a Scotland ravaged by war. With treachery and danger on every side, he must learn to sleep with a claymore in his hand and one eye open because even his closest friend might betray him...

"Packed with vivid details, this tale delivers a real treat for Middle Ages history buffs."
Kirkus Reviews

King Robert the Bruce and the Black Douglas are dead — and Scots once more must fight for...


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Ebook: 9798201964467


Advance Praise

“The title character of this historical novel about the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century is determined to earn respect—not to mention renown—and to become legitimate after a fashion.

In this fourth installment of a series, readers meet Archie Douglas, the Black Douglas’ bastard son, at the age of 9. David, the young king of Scotland, is scarcely older, and the court is in France in exile. Archie believes that some people think he is “unimportant” because he is a bastard and vows to “prove them wrong. They would see what a bastard could do.” He is put under the care of Sir William Douglas, Lord Liddesdale, a cousin of Archie’s deceased father. Eventually, Archie will become Sir William’s squire and later much more. The story’s action comprises a series of clashes, mostly victorious for Archie’s side, until the fateful Battle of Neville’s Cross. King David and Sir William are captured, and Archie and his friend Will Ramsay make a daring escape. Things could hardly look worse, but Tomlin assures readers that there will be another volume. The author has a slew of books to her credit, and this one does not disappoint. Archie, who narrates, is a strong character, alternately fearless and terrified (as one would be in his situation), and proud Sir William, his mentor, is not even afraid to stand up to the king if he feels he has been ill-used. Descriptions are vibrant and violence is a given. These people play for keeps. Historical details are accurate, including the accounts of a tournament that the English host during a temporary truce and the joyful welcoming of King David on his return to Scotland. The rich backmatter features the sources researched (very impressive) and a discussion that separates the historical facts from the liberties that Tomlin has taken. This is much appreciated, but even so, the plethora of characters and often similar names invite confusion. There is also a valuable glossary. Unfortunately, some terms—hobelar, au outrance, and schiltron, for example—are missing from the list. That said, the author has done a remarkable job with a mare’s nest of historical material.

Packed with vivid details, this tale delivers a real treat for Middle Ages history buffs.
Kirkus Reviews

“The title character of this historical novel about the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century is determined to earn respect—not to mention renown—and to become legitimate after a fashion.

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