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By Jerry Bennett

approximately “Black Andrew”

The English defeat at Bannockburn in 1314 used to be not only an army defeat. It plunged the complete of britain right into a kingdom of faction combating and lawlessness from which it is going to no longer emerge for nearly 20 years. King Edward II and his supporters have been regularly adverse by way of his cousin, Thomas, Earl of Lancaster. The Northern counties of britain have been principally neglected, and left to fend for themselves opposed to the raids of Robert Bruce and the effective Scots.

One Englishman emerged from these chaotic and disastrous years to steer resistance to the Scottish raids. Andrew de Harcla used to be now not an outstanding manorial lord, yet he used to be a truly able commander, and three hundred and sixty five days after Bannockburn he led the profitable security 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 - amazing again from the depths of Inglewood wooded area and the hillsides of the Pennines and the Cumberland fells, and revising his methods of combating as he did so. His dependable squaddies gave him the nickname of “Black Andrew” as their manner of claiming he used to be nearly as good a pacesetter because the infamous Scottish commander, “Black” James Douglas.

But the Scots weren't his in basic terms 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 individuals of that influential relatives. whilst the animosity among King Edward and Thomas of Lancaster ultimately erupted into civil battle, he raised the lads 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 courtroom proved both incapable of doing so. The yr 1322 observed greater Scottish raids penetrating deeper into England than ever sooner than, whereas Edward suffered a defeat much more harmful than Bannockburn. Andrew felt he needed to try to negotiate a extra lasting peace with the Scots, yet might by no means confirm no matter if he had the aid of King Edward and the court docket favourites.

But with the potential of the Scots reviving an outdated declare to a lot of the North of britain, it was once a hindrance he needed to face…


“Black Andrew” is a piece of fiction and lots of the characters within the publication are fictional. however it relies round actual occasions and contains many actual humans from background. i've got learn via as many background texts as i'll locate (mostly in Lancaster college Library) to make this tale as reasonable as attainable. however it is essentially written from Andrew’s point of view, as anyone who needed to shield the border, and who was once by no means a member of King Edward’s court.

This is the 1st publication of a brief sequence (Lords of the excessive nation) that hide the restoration of England’s fortunes from utter defeat at Bannockburn to extraordinary triumph at Crecy, 30 years later. Many major historians have pointed out the strategies that have been devised by way of Andrew de Harcla as taking part in a tremendous half in that strategy of restoration, and it's his legacy that i've got attempted to exhibit during the series.

Jerry Bennett
Kendal - 2010

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