3.416 displaced hearts, cont. (29)

Thu, 31 Aug 89 00:07:30 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 3, No. 416. Thursday, 31 Aug 1989.

Date: Wed, 30 Aug 89 09:37:00 EDT
From: N.J.Morgan@vme.glasgow.ac.uk
Subject: Re: 3.410 displaced hearts, cont. (22)

"Bruce had summoned all his lords and told them of his longing to go
on a crusade. His body could no longer go; but he bade them chose a noble
knight to bear his heart against the foes of God". Bruce died, and Douglas
(having been chosen by his fellows) took the embalmed heart to Spain, where
he fought with Alfonso XI of Castille against the "`Saracens' of Granada".
Douglas died in March 1330; his bones were returned to Scotland for
burial, as was Bruce's embalmed heart, which was buried at Melrose (the
late King, however, was buried at Dunfermline).

This is all cribbed from Ranald Nicholson, Scotland in the later
middle ages (Edinburgh,1974).

Nicholas Morgan
Department of Scottish History
University of Glasgow