Most Viewed

George Iii. On Punctuality
A Beggar's Wedding
A Gamekeeper's Daughter
A Child On Board
Navy Chaplains
Marie Antoinette
The Deaf And Dumb Mother
Dreaming
A Christmas Pudding Extraordinary
The Slave Trade


Least Viewed

Sheridan
Erskine
The Wounded Sailor
Spare Moments
Van Dyke
A Dieppe Pilot
Gallant Daughter
The Sailor And The Actress
Quartering
Mimic Reclaimed




The Douglas

Anecdotes Home




When King Robert I. died he exacted a promise from Sir James
Douglas to convey his heart to the Holy Land, where he had been on the
point of going when death arrested him. The party had reached Sluys, so far
on their way to Jerusalem, when Alonzo, King of Leon and Castile, at that
time engaged in war with the Moorish governor of Granada, Osmyn, sent to
demand the aid of Douglas; and by his oath as a knight, which forbade him
ever to turn a deaf ear to a call in aid of the Church of Christ, he was
obliged to attend to the summons. He fought with his usual heroism, till
the Moslems believed he bore a charmed life when they saw him rush into the
thickest of the fight and escape unwounded. But the Christian ranks
nevertheless began to give way; and to stem the flight the Douglas threw
the casket containing the king's heart into the _melee_, and rushed after
it, exclaiming, "Now pass onward as thou wert wont, and Douglas will follow
thee or die!" The day after the battle the body of the hero and the casket
were found by his surviving companions; and the squire of Douglas finding
it was impossible to convey it to Jerusalem, brought back the king's heart
to Scotland, and it was interred in Melrose Abbey.





Next: Marshal de Nevailles

Previous: Reward of Heroism



Add to Informational Site Network
Report
Privacy
ADD TO EBOOK


Viewed 2555





Random Anecdotes

Pope The Poet
Marshal De Nevailles
Morland
Literary Pursuits
A Bold Trick
Sir William Jones And Thomas Day
A Sheepish Lamb
Parisian Rag-picker
The Douglas
Friends And Hares
George I
A Choice
Ximenes
Chantrey's First Sculpture
Keep To The Point
Navy Chaplains
Grog
Use Of H
The Stocks
Family Sacrifice
Seeking For A Ball
Memory
Old Age Secured
Frederick The Great
Edinburgh