By Jerry Bennett
The English defeat at Bannockburn in 1314 used to be not only an army defeat. It plunged the full of britain right into a nation of faction struggling with and lawlessness from which it's going to no longer emerge for nearly 20 years. King Edward II and his supporters have been continually adversarial by means of his cousin, Thomas, Earl of Lancaster. The Northern counties of britain have been mostly missed, and left to fend for themselves opposed to the raids of Robert Bruce and the positive Scots.
One Englishman emerged from these chaotic and disastrous years to guide resistance to the Scottish raids. Andrew de Harcla used to be no longer an outstanding manorial lord, yet he was once a truly able commander, and 365 days after Bannockburn he led the profitable safeguard of Carlisle opposed to a huge 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 - impressive again from the depths of Inglewood woodland and the hillsides of the Pennines and the Cumberland fells, and revising his methods of combating as he did so. His dependable infantrymen gave him the nickname of “Black Andrew” as their method of claiming he used to be pretty much as good a pacesetter because the infamous Scottish commander, “Black” James Douglas.
But the Scots weren't his purely challenge. He encountered a lot jealousy from different landowners within the counties, and the faction combating within the remainder of England always interfered with and undermined his activities. His love for Anne Neville additionally aroused the hatred of a few participants of that influential kin. while the animosity among King Edward and Thomas of Lancaster ultimately erupted into civil warfare, he raised the lads of the 2 counties to confront and defeat the rebels, which earned him the short help 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 12 months 1322 observed higher Scottish raids penetrating deeper into England than ever ahead of, whereas Edward suffered a defeat much more destructive than Bannockburn. Andrew felt he needed to attempt to negotiate a extra lasting peace with the Scots, yet may perhaps by no means ascertain no matter if he had the help of King Edward and the courtroom favourites.
But with the opportunity of the Scots reviving an previous declare to a lot of the North of britain, it was once a predicament 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 actual humans from heritage. i've got learn via as many historical past texts as i may locate (mostly in Lancaster college Library) to make this tale as life like as attainable. however it is essentially written from Andrew’s perspective, as anyone who needed to safeguard the border, and who used to be by no means a member of King Edward’s court.
This is the 1st ebook of a brief sequence (Lords of the excessive kingdom) that conceal the restoration of England’s fortunes from utter defeat at Bannockburn to notable triumph at Crecy, 30 years later. Many top historians have pointed out the strategies that have been devised via Andrew de Harcla as enjoying a massive half in that strategy of restoration, and it's his legacy that i've got attempted to exhibit through the series.
Kendal - 2010