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    Dunfemline - Málaga - Melrose

    by elpariente Updated Nov 18, 2013

    In the Abbey is buried Robert Bruce , but his heart is in Melrose Abbey
    This gives rise to a curious story and is that before Robert Bruce died , he asked in his last will to be buried in Scotland , but that his heart should be embalmed and taken to the Crusades in the Holy Land , as he had not been able to go in life
    James Douglas with six knights and several squires departed for the Holy Land with a reliquary carrying Bruce 's heart , but as the third crusade had been a disaster , they went to Spain for the conquest of Al- Andalus , to fight with Alfonso XI of Castile
    In the battle of the Star Castle in Teba , Malaga , Douglas tried to help one of his men, but he was surrounded by the Saracens and seeing near the time of his death he threw the shrine for safekeeping and said, " Show us the way and because you beat, I will follow or die "
    James Douglas died bravely along with nearly all his men .
    The Muslim king Muhammed IV , found his body and the reliquary and when he learned that belonged to the King of Scotland, he sent him and the reliquary to Alfonso XI with a guard of honour.
    A curious story , right?

    En la Abadía está enterrado Robert Bruce, pero su corazón está en la Abadía de Melrose
    Esto da origen a una historia curiosa y es que antes de morir Robert de Bruce pidió en su testamento que le enterraran en Escocia, pero que su corazón embalsamado fuera a las Cruzadas en Tierra Santa , pues él no había podido ir en vida
    James Douglas con otros seis caballeros y varios escuderos partieron hacia tierra Santa llevando en un Relicario el corazón de Bruce, pero como la tercera cruzada había sido un desastre, se fueron a España a la conquista de Al-Andalus, para luchar con Alfonso XI de Castilla
    En la batalla del Castillo de la Estrella en Teba, Málaga, Douglas intentó ayudar a uno de sus hombres, pero se vio rodeado por los sarracenos y viendo cercana la hora de su muerte tiró el relicario para ponerlo a salvo y dijo : "muéstranos el camino y ya que venciste yo te seguiré o moriré"
    James Douglas murió valientemente junto a casi todos sus hombres.
    El rey musulmán Muhammed IV , encontró su cuerpo y el relicario y cuando se enteró que pertenecía al Rey de Escocia, los envió a Alfonso XI con una guardia de honor.
    Una historia curiosa , verdad ?

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    Find Local Knowledge in some old books

    by scottishvisitor Updated Feb 24, 2007

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    Back in my college days I used to visit the Central Library frequently, in those far off days you couldn't buy study guides, this made the reference section a must for me. I was so often distracted by the many rare books on view here - not for reading but safely stored in glass cabinets. There is a copy of St. Margaret's Gospel the original can be found in the Bodleian Library Other rare books include a valuable collection of books by Robert Burns as well as a fairly large collection of donated books on local history of the town of Dunfermline. One of the important treasures on display is the Bassandyne Bible the first to be printed in Scotland. Even today when it's easy to visit a bookstore and buy books libraries are still providing knowledge - ah yes it pays to be well read.

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