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The Great Scot: A Novel of Robert the Bruce, Scotland's Legendary Warrior King
Robert the Bruce was Scotland's greatest King ever. The Bruce, as he was known, was crowned King of Scots in 1306, a time when the ancient kingdom of Scotland was under harsh and illegal English occupation. As soon as King Robert began his reign, his army was treacherously attack at Methven, resulting in a calamitous defeat for the Scots which forced the Bruce into hiding. ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Truman Talley Books
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This book is broad and shallow rather than concentrated and deep. I think the author bit off more than he could chew by choosing to narrate the entire career of Robert the Bruce. There were only vague details and the pace of the plot seemed breakneck in some places but painfully tedious in others. The frequent non-English quotes were frustrating. What I found most exciting about this book was the fact that the author is directly related to Edward Bruce, Robert’s younger brother.
I found this book so intriguing. Robert the Bruce proved to be a true king. Merciful and merciless, clever yet naive. I love the fictional narrative woven into the historical battles. It shows the effects of war on the winners and the losers. Highly recommended as an intro into Scottish history.
Having read "The Insurrection", a novel about the early years of Robert The Bruce I found this one which followed and completed the story. A very unsophisticated style of writing, (it was the authors only novel). The author is a descendent of Robert The Bruce's brother, Edward.