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From author Jack Whyte comes the true story of Robert the Bruce: a passionate man. An incredible warrior. And one of Scotland?s finest. 

Robert I, or as he is known to a grateful Scottish nation, Robert the Bruce, was one of Scotland?s greatest kings, as well as one of the most famous warriors of his generation.  He spearheaded the valiant Scots in their quest for freedom, leading his people during the Wars of Scottish Independence against...

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From author Jack Whyte comes the true story of Robert the Bruce: a passionate man. An incredible warrior. And one of Scotland’s finest. 

Robert I, or as he is known to a grateful Scottish nation, Robert the Bruce, was one of Scotland’s greatest kings, as well as one of the most famous warriors of his generation.  He spearheaded the valiant Scots in their quest for freedom, leading his people during the Wars of Scottish Independence against the Kingdom of England during the middle ages. His reign saw the recognition of Scotland as an independent nation, and today Bruce is remembered in Scotland as a national hero.

It was by no means a fair and easy road for this indomitable fighter. As a young man he saw the English king Edward I award the vacant Crown of Scotland to John Balliol. The nation quickly splintered into factions and this spurred Robert and his father to at first side with Edward and then against John, whom many of the nobles did not feel was the correct person to guide the nation. Thus began a decades-long path for Scottish freedom. To achieve this goal, Robert sometimes had to delicately balance the power of the nobles against the might of the English. He was a tireless campaigner and after a full life of battle and diplomacy, in May 1328, King Edward III signed the Treaty of Edinburgh-Northampton, which recognized Scotland as an independent kingdom and Bruce as its king.

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“Of the scores of novels based on Arthurian legend, Whyte’s Camulod series is distinctive, particularly in the rendering of its leading players and the residual Roman influences that survived in Britain during the Dark Ages.”

The Washington Post on Uther

“Few authors can match Whyte when it comes to epic battle scenes.”

Publishers Weekly on Standard of Honor

“Whyte, a master at painting pictures on an epic-sized canvas, pulls the reader into the story with his usual deft combination of historical drama and old-fashioned adventure.”

Booklist on Knights of the Black and White

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Young Robert, though very independent and innovative even as a child and raised in the shadow of recognized Scottish leaders, cannot even dream of the demands that will be laid upon him in his mature years. The struggles endured will help shape this future icon into the man some refer to as the Hero of Scotland, eclipsing even the well-known and renowned William Wallace. In the second novel of his "The Guardians" series (after The Forest Laird: A Tale of William Wallace) Whyte sets this fact-based tale firmly on Scottish soil. The politics, deceits, favoritism, loyalties, glory, and honor grind and spark against one another, honing a clear and sharply focused representation of the times and events recorded some 800 years ago. VERDICT Despite its doorstopper size, this captivating and enjoyable venture into historical fiction takes its time and informs along the way. Whyte's dialog, the actions and motivations of his characters, and his vivid evocation of the period and the landscape all ring true. [With the Scottish government set to hold a referendum in 2014 on the issue of independence from the UK, there is sure to be interest in the king who secured Scotland's freedom in 1328.—Ed.]—Russell Miller, Prescott P.L., AZ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765331601
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 6/10/2014
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 200,629
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

JACK WHYTE was born and raised in Scotland and has lived in Canada since 1967. He has been an actor, orator, singer, and poet at various stages of his life, and was awarded an honorary doctorate of letters for his contribution to Canadian popular fiction. Whyte is the author of the internationally bestselling Dream of Eagles series and the Templar trilogy. He lives in Kelowna, British Columbia. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    The first (I hope) in a series of historical novels detailing th

    The first (I hope) in a series of historical novels detailing the life of Robert Bruce, who created a united Scotland by defying the desires of Edward "Longshanks" of England.  This novel covers the first part of The Bruce's life fromchildhood, until his decision to join in the struggle for an independent Scottish kingdom.  The politics of the period are complex and confusing, but the explanations are clear.  The characters, all of whom actually lived, are drawn with care and detail; which is a difficult task since the events Whyte chronicles are 800 years in the past. Historical fiction too often veers more into imagination that cleaving to facts.  Although obviously conversations are the product of Whyte's imagination, the bare bones of historical fact and personages are honored.  I loved reading this and hope that I have the opportunity to read the rest of Robert Bruce's story. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2013

    This book had me riveted from start to finish!  I've read everyt

    This book had me riveted from start to finish!  I've read everything Jack Whyte has written, and this was truly an
    exceptional effort !  Robert the Bruce came alive for me, and his role in Scottish history had never been made
    more clear.  The book and characters resonated with me long after I had finished reading.  I hope a sequel is in
     the works, as the adult Robert Bruce will be even more compelling.  This is a great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    DISAPPOINTING

    Although I am a fan of Jack Whyte's work I found this book to be without a meaningful story line and internally inconsistent

    Save your money and your time

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