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William Wallace -- a man of violent passions and unquenchable spirit, the natural leader of a proud race. — Scotland at the end of the 13th century was a blood-torn country under the harsh domination of a tyrant usurper, the hated Plantagenet, Edward Longshanks. During the appalling violence of those unsettled days one man rose as leader of the Scots. That man was William ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published January 6th 1994 by Coronet (first published 1975)
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David Douglas
Jan 03, 2015 David Douglas rated it really liked it
Our William kicking some English butt. Quite a coincidence that while reading about 'Stirling bridge" I was on holiday in Stirling and a few days later while reading the execution part, I was in St. Paul's which is right beside the Smithfield market.
Solid historical novel. Worth contrasting with the same author's Bruce trilogy as both present different views of the heroes of those novels.
Managed to get to page 159 before throwing it against the wall as yet another skirmish started. The whole book was nothing but guys running around undercover and dragging English soldiers off horses. It could have benefited from an expanded POV - politicking/intrigue, scenes in England with Longshanks, SOMETHING beyond a small group of rebels with minimal, if not zero, internal thoughts. They were just names, not people with feelings. We were told their names, their parentage, but nothing that d ...more
Having read Tranter's 'The Bruce Trilogy' I knew I had to read this. For anyone with an interest in history - and especially the history of one of Scotland's most famous son's, this book is a must.
Tranter has a great way of incorporating dialogue into his books, which is great when you find facts/dates/figures fairly tiresome to get through.

This is the real Wallace story and a must for anyone who still believes Braveheart is an accurate depiction of Wallace. (I do enjoy Braveheart as a film, but
Raimo Wirkkala
Jul 22, 2011 Raimo Wirkkala rated it liked it
If you've seen "Braveheart" and think you know the story of William Wallace, think again! This novel, first published in 1975, is certainly speculative historical fiction in large part but it is written by a Scottish historian with more devotion to historical accuracy then Mel Gibson. Tranter sometimes gets bogged down in the kind of minutiae that would be of interest only to Scots but, then again, they are a large part of his readership.
James Loftus
Jan 30, 2012 James Loftus rated it it was amazing
Immensely readerable. A tragedy. As Albert Einstein saw so far because he stood on the shoulders of giants so Robert The Bruce ... freed Scotland from England's grevious yoke by virtue of the heroism of The Wallace. He gave Bruce the path to follow as The Bruce did, nobly, and successfully.
❆ Crystal ❆
This was a pretty dry read... I really struggled to read it. Full of facts but I would have enjoyed a little personal touch. I'm glad I read it, to learn more about The Wallace... but it was hard to read.
Aug 12, 2009 Marilyn rated it it was amazing
Fantastic in-depth look at this hero of Scotland and the times in which he lived. Made me proud to have him as a namesake for two of my grandfathers!
Aug 28, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it
Great overview of clan politics of early Scotland and the battles with England during the life of William Wallace. Not at all like the movie, Brave Heart.
Jul 09, 2009 Karina rated it it was amazing
Great writing. Good History but not overbearing. Recommend to anyone
Jul 17, 2012 Lisa rated it liked it
A very detailed account of battles fought.
May 03, 2009 James rated it it was amazing
Another Scottish hero -- "Braveheart."
Mar 11, 2012 Ishbel rated it really liked it
Moving story
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Nigel Tranter OBE was a Scottish historian and author.
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