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Lord of the Isles

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Inheriting his father's shattered thanedom in Argyll in the 12th century, Somerled Norse Slayer enlarged it by courage, initiative, military shrewdness and diplomacy. For decades his navy held the balance of power in the northern seas, and it was he who cleared the Vikings out of the Hebrides.
Paperback, 383 pages
Published October 20th 1994 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 1983)
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Enjoyed this when I read it, but only actually recall the opening now as the Lordship over the Isles is created through conquest using row boats. Even when I first read them it was easier to find Trantor in libraries than on bookshop shelves. However he is a consistent historical novelist with a sense of the dramatic. An entertaining way to pick up an acquaintanceship with Scottish history.

However in retrospect I am less sure if this is good idea, the nature of a novel requires a certain simplic
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Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
The tale of Somerled made historical fiction in Nigel Tranters wonderful style. I think this the best of his books, though many may disagree for he wrote so many enjoyable works. Such tales were my bread and butter for a while and no one told such tales of my homeland with the passion and romance that nigel tranter did.
This book is about my ancesters. It has gotten me interested in finding out more about my family "Clan Donald". I have always been intersted in geneology, so it was really cool to read.
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very well written, I find myself thinking Im home when I read each word!
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One of his better stories.
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Nigel Tranter OBE was a Scottish historian and author.
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