The Bruce Trilogy: A Superb Trilogy About Scotland's Greatest Heroby Nigel Tranter
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. See more details below
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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I loved reading this book, I counldn't put it down! I can't say enough about Mr. Tranter as a writer, He brings to life the very essence of what is Scotland. Although I'm an American, I feel that trough his novels I've made a connetion with the Scots. Although they classify mr. Tranter's books as fiction, he always keeps as close to the truth as possible. I have have read many of mr. tranter's novels and I believe 'the Bruce trilogy' to be the crowning achievement of his expansive career.
Although Braveheart touched on this time period it made a few mistakes. Robert the Bruce was much younger than William Wallace and held land in England. His wife was introduced by Edward I. The betrayal scene in Braveheart made the young robert look like a fiend. This book and the others by Nigel Tranter seem to have a better grasp on history. Mr Tranter lived his 90 years in Scotland as a writer and a historian where as the author of braveheart grew up in Texas USA. I have truly loved this book.
I love and esteem Nigel Tranter and his books. I found him by chance mentioned in Acknowledgements in a book by Jack Whyte. His dedication to detail and his ability to humanize his characters bring them to life so beautifully. The Bruce Trilogy opens with Robert Bruce as young man, a special favorite of Edward I, antithema to what he would become, and takes us to the end of the Bruce's life. Each book is rich in detail in the people, the battles and the various locations in Northern England, Scotland and the Hebrides Islands that populate Tranter's books. He leaves no stone unturned to bring you the whole story. You feel his love and dedication to his subject which is Scotland in it's entirety.