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Sir Archibald Douglas, Regent of Scotland

We are probably all familiar with this depiction of Sir Archibald Douglas.  Until now, I was unaware that it is taken from of 'The Book of the Medieval Knight' published by Cassel PLC. It was published in the 20th century, so not the book of more recent origin.

Can anyone help me identify a seller of this publication?

Sir Archibald Douglas was the younger brother of Sir James Douglas, the staunch supporter of Robert Bruce. After Bruce's death they stood by his young son, David II. In December 1332 at Annan, Archibald Douglas routed Edward Balliol, who had claimed the Scottish throne, and in March 1333 he was appointed regent or guardian, after Sir Andrew Moray had been captured. Edward III of England then besieged Berwick and Douglas marched to relieve it. In July 1333 at Halidon Hill, the English were victorious and Douglas killed.

Note:  This entry was edited on 2nd May 2024

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Comment by William Douglas on May 2, 2024 at 9:19

I have acquired the book and find that this image is a poor copy of the original, by artist Anthony Beasley.
It depicts Sir Archibald at the battle of Halidon Hill, where he was killed in 1333, along with  six Scottish earls, seventy barons, five hundred knights, including the Good Sir James's son William, and an unknown number of spearmen.

Comment by Russell Lynn Drysdale on April 23, 2024 at 21:05  

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Cassell; Reprint edition (January 1, 1995)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 192 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1854092642
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1854092649
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.88 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.75 x 0.5 x 11.25 inches

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