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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About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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