avenge his father's murder by English pirates, led to his national
renown as a pirate-slayer.
This brought him to the attention of King James III, who asked Wood
to build up a number of captured vessels to form the nucleus of a
national fleet. Such was his success, that the King eventually promoted
him to become Baron of Largo and Lord High Admiral of Scotland.
Admiral Wood's bold defence of Scottish waters against the marauding
English privateers was to incur the wrath of King Henry VII of England.
Wood was now in great danger - but he survived to become Scotland's
most famous sailor, and a skilled negotiator who greatly aided his nation's
cause at a time of international unrest.
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 . . .
The semi-independent prince of the Hebrides and much of the West Highland mainland, he was a worthy representative of a notable line, living in dramatic and exciting times for Scotland and England, for Ulster, Man and Ireland. He took his part in it all, an active supporter of Robert the Bruce, chief of chiefs. He was a man who sought peace and prosperity for his so scattered people, encouraging trade, seeking to heal the feuding propensities of the clans, allying the Isles with Orkney and Shetland and Norway; travelling as far as the Baltic. He was also a man of humble mind, and a proud husband and father.
She foiled Henry Tudor of England's plans to marry her baby daughter to his
son Edward and unite the two thrones under English rule by sending Mary to
France. She kept the peace between Protestants and Catholics while John
Knox was becoming a fiery power in the land.
Beautiful, lively and clever, Mary Queen of Scots was welcomed back to the
country of her birth after her mother died. But her troubles mounted with her
disastrous marriages to Lord Darnley and to Lord Bothwell after Darnley's
murder. In spite of numerous plots against her, and even after her little son
James was crowned king, she always believed that Elizabeth of England
would help her. Trustingly, she set off for England - and her tragic fate.
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
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
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.
something of a world apart, with its own strange laws, beliefs and
Young John Maxwell, Warden of the West March, did his best to control a
motley crew of dalesmen and mosstroopers from Liddesdale, Eskdale and
Dryfesdale among others, and keep some sort of balance with the unruly
West March English.
As the turbulent reign of King Henry VIII gave way to the rule of
Elizabeth Tudor, John Maxwell - a loyal supporter of Mary, Queen of
Scots - inevitably found himself drawn into the wider sphere of the
How he fared with Mary's suitors, courtiers and enemies, and his
courtship of the beautiful Agnes Herries, forms the fascinating subject
of Nigel Tranter's captivating novel.
Atheling who, but for William the Conqueror, would have been King of
England. She came to Scotland in 1069.
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.
throne. South of the border, England's King Henry III saw this as his
chance to assert his paramountcy over the kingdom. At the age of ten,
the boy was married to Henry's daughter.
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.