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This trilogy tells the story of Robert the Bruce and how, tutored and encouraged by the heroic William Wallace, he determined to continue the fight for an independent Scotland, sustained by a passionate love for his land.
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Nigel Tranter expertly weaves the colorful threads of folklore into the fabric of historical fact. The legends, myths, stories and memories handed down from generation to generation are added to the bare bones of factual record to reveal Scotland's true character.

The Wallace

by Nigel Tranter

|January 6, 1994

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At the end of the 13th century Scotland was suffering under the tyranny of the English and Edward Plantagenet. The eponymous hero swears to rid his land of their cruelty and to restore Robert the Bruce to the throne. Nigel Tranter has written many historical…

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Author and historian Nigel Tranter was born in Glasgow, Scotland on November 23, 1909. He was educated at the George Heriot's School in Edinburgh and later trained as an accountant. He worked for his uncle's insurance company for ten years before joining the…

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In turbulent 14th century Scotland, the ruling House of Stewart was a house divided, beset by hatred and jealousy. Descendants of the Bruce's daughter, they only kept the throne by an astonishing genius for survival - or, as many said, the lick of the Devil.…

Bridal Path

by Nigel Tranter

|November 2, 2013

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Here is a simple tale of a simple man to whom simple circumstances---and his neighbours---proclaimed that he required a wife to look after his children, his cows and his goat.  Since most of the women on his native island were near relatives to himself, it…

Macbeth the King

by Nigel Tranter

|September 13, 2012

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Across a huge colourful canvas, ranging from the wilds of Scotland to Norway, Denmark and Rome, here is the story of the real MacBeth. Set aside Shakespeare's portrait: read instead of his struggle to make and save a united Scotland. In this impressively…

Colours Flying

by Nigel Tranter

|November 1, 2013

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David Scott and his wife, Margaret, were well involved in the by-election for Central Peebles and the East March in the Scottish Borders - David, because a wartime comrade, Archie Butler, had been selected as the candidate for An Co-fhlaitheachd , a Scottish…

Tapestry of the Boar

by Nigel Tranter

|September 13, 2012

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During the reign of Malcolm IV, King of the Scots, Hugh de Swinton and his fellow mosstroopers helped keep the rampaging Galloway rebels at bay. But it was for his expertise in the killing of wild boars, as protector of the Swintons' sheep flocks, that young Hugh…

Ducks and Drakes

by Nigel Tranter

|December 2, 2013

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Ardrinish Bay, on the west coast of Kintyre, is well known for wild fowl, waders and sea birds.  Some of the locals have always exercised their rights to shoot wild fowl between low and high tide marks.  The bird population also attracts…

Flowers of Chivalry

by Nigel Tranter

|September 13, 2012

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Once again Scotland was fighting for her survival as a free and independent nation. Robert the Bruce's legacy, three years after his death in 1329, is in danger. With a five-year-old heir guarded by an ageing and diminishing band of lieutenants, the English King,…

Mammon's Daughter

by Nigel Tranter

|January 15, 2014

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Set in the 1930's, this is the tale of a modern Highland Clearance.  Lord Holtby, a self-made Yorkshire woollen manufacturer and millionaire, bought a large West Highland estate from a descendant of the Stewarts of Monach.  His first action was to…