Set aside Shakespeare's portrait: read instead of his struggle to make
and save a united Scotland.
In this impressively researched and vivid portrayal, Tranter belies the
popular perception of a savage, murderous ambitious king. Instead, he
tells of MacBeth's struggle to make and save a united Scotland; his
devotion to his great love, the young Queen Gruoch; the humane laws they
fought for; the great battle they were forced to fight. And the terrible
price they paid.
Scotland at the end of the 13th century was a blood-torn country suffering under the harsh domination of a tyrant usurper, the hated Plantagenet, Edward Longshanks. During the appalling violence of those unsettled days, one man rose to become leader of the Scots. That man was William Wallace.
Motivated at first by revenge for the slaughter of his father, Wallace vowed to cleanse his country of the English and set the rightful king, Robert the Bruce, upon the Scottish throne.
Though Wallace was a heroic figure, he was but a man ? and his chosen path was to lead him through grievous danger and personal tragedy before the final outcome . . .
This is a story of independence, single-mindedness and hard-headed
leadership. But also, through the turbulent years of his reign, it is a
story of devotion: to the woman he admired and loved, Queen Matilda.
Set in the 12th century, this is the incredible story of one of
Scotland's greatest kings: David, the monarch who made Scotland a power
for the first time, told by master of Scottish historical fiction Nigel Tranter.
Beautiful, sympathetic and devout, she was an unlikely consort to the
rough and ready Malcolm King of Scots and slayer of MacBeth, a man who
cared for little other than hunting, drinking and the brutal arts of
Yet, through her gentle strength of character and intelligence, she was
to have a profound and lasting effect on her adopted nation and people
that lasts to this day.
But through the hazards of power politics and dynastic marriage - one
man stood by the young monarch. Whether it was shooting wild geese,
helping him escape from the prison-like confines of Edinburgh Castle or
teaching him to stand up both to his ever-threatening English
father-in-law and the unending feuds of his own countrymen, David de
Lindsay of Luffness in East Lothian was Alexander's one true and
But David's only wish was to be a crusader, a wish he was finally to
fulfil when the boy became a man.
The turbulent 13th century story of the child king Alexander III of
Scotland and David de Lindsay of Luffness, his one true supporter, in an
age of crusades and wars.
A brilliant leader, a renowned strategist, a talented moderate in a
bigoted age: James Graham, the Marquis of Montrose, is a man
of great charm and steadfast loyalty. Reluctantly involved in in national
affairs, his most hated enemy is Archibald Campbell, Marquis of Argyll.
It seems that nothing can stand in the way of Montrose's triumph.
'Through his imaginative dialogue, he provides a voice for Scotland's heroes' Scotland on Sunday