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Lion's Whelp
     

Lion's Whelp

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by Nigel Tranter
 

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The brutal murder of James I, King of Scots, at Perth in 1437 left his
seven-year-old son to rule over a troubled kingdom. Power-hungry lords
seized their chance to gain control over the boy-king James II and his
realm.

When young Alexander Lyon, son of the Thane of Glamis, married Agnes,
the daughter of Sir William Crichton, he found himself

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The brutal murder of James I, King of Scots, at Perth in 1437 left his
seven-year-old son to rule over a troubled kingdom. Power-hungry lords
seized their chance to gain control over the boy-king James II and his
realm.

When young Alexander Lyon, son of the Thane of Glamis, married Agnes,
the daughter of Sir William Crichton, he found himself drawn into the
wider affairs of the nation. Alec was to become a close attendant and
friend of the young monarch at a time when James was in sore need of
protection.

Alec Lyon and Agnes Crichton were to shape the story of Scotland - and
that of England, too. This was the period of the Wars of the Roses, and
the northern kingdom was not to remain unaffected.

A thrilling tale of cunning and treachery, danger and romance from
master of Scottish historical fiction Nigel Tranter.

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Kirkus Reviews
Another lively take on Scotland's turbulent history, by the wonderfully prolific Tranter (The Marchman, 1997, etc.). As befits the author of more than 80 novels, Tranter knows how to keep a plot spinning. Here, he focuses on the life and adventures of Alexander Lyon, a noble in 15th-century Scotland and a brave, decent man. Such qualities are in short supply at a time when various factions are contending for the country's throne, following the murder of James the First. Lyon casts his fortunes with James's young son, and the story follows the long, bloody campaign to ensure that the boy will rule. While not particularly deep, Tranter's latest features some convincingly rendered characters, a variety of lively subplots (the least impressive being Alex's rather trite romance with Agnes Crichton), and a believable portrait of a half-wild Scotland struggling to create and maintain a sense of nationhood and order.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781444757729
Publisher:
Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date:
09/13/2012
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
825,557
File size:
379 KB

Meet the Author

One of Scotland's best-loved authors, Nigel Tranter wrote over ninety novels on Scottish history. He died at the age of ninety on 9 January 2000.

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The Lion's Whelp 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After the brutal murder of James I, King of Scots, The Lion's Whelp begins with the somewhat corny romance between Alec Lyon and Agnes Crichton, both whom find themselves involved in the royal family's affairs. Pages upon pages follow these two amidst the various factions contending for power over the boy King, James II and Scotland. Finally, King James comes of an age to assume for himself his rightful power. Unfortunately this is not until after a couple hundred pages when James, in a drunken rage, heinously slays a rebellious and impudent Earl (the head of the most powerful House in Scottland and Lieutenant General to the realm). From here on, the story becomes a deep and compelling tale that is characteristic of Tranter's work. The story ends with a roar-- a bang of a surprise that almost redeems its wimpy beginning. I would not dissuade anyone from reading this book, however, I would warn that the first couple hundred pages may leave you tapping your fingers, waiting for some real action to begin. I would recommend it to anyone interested in Scotland's history.