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Black Douglas (Coronet Books) [Paperback]

Nigel Tranter
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5 Jan 1995 Coronet Books

It was almost inevitable that in the 15th century the new Scots royal house of Stewart would have to come to a reckoning with the great house of Douglas.

Young Will Douglas, the eight earl, was born to vast power, influence - and trouble. And with the boy-king James II on an uneasy throne, and scoundrels ruling Scotland, the death of Will's father plunged him suddenly into a world where might prevailed and the end justified the means.

'Through his imaginative dialogue, he provides a voice for Scotland's heroes' Scotland on Sunday

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New Ed edition (5 Jan 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340164662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340164662
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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He has an amazingly broad grip of Scottish history (Daily Telegraph)

One of Scotland's most prolific and respected writers (The Times)

An accomplished writer of compelling and unforgettable historical novels (She magazine)

Through his imaginative dialogue, he provides a voice for Scotland's heroes (Scotland on Sunday)

Tranter's popularity lies in his knack of making historical events immediate and exciting (Historical Novels Review)

An informative, entertaining read (Daily Examiner)

He treats history with respect (Financial Times)

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The turbulent tale of the 15th century feud between the Douglas family and the Stewarts during the reign of James II King of Scots.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
nigel tranter brings to life the great battle for control of scotland between the royal family and scotland's most powerful lord the black douglas head of the most powerful family in 15th century scotland with its royal scandel and dire end which brought about the the douglas garden(which is still in the grounds of stirling castle) brought civil war to the northen kingdom and brought low one of the family's.
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THE BLACK DOUGLAS Nigel Tranter Hardcover 1968

The late and greatly missed Nigel Tranter (b.1909-d.2000) was not only one of Scotland's leading historians, but was also the premier writer of Scottish historical biographical fiction. If you were to organise his books chronologically they would form an almost complete biographic history of Scotland from the earliest times to the Highland Clearances. I started to collect his books as they were published in early 1970s and acquired each new title until the last, issued posthumously in 2007. I had not revisited this book for some time until just recently and I found it just as absorbing as the first time that I read it.

Once again Tranter brings to life a turbulent period of Scottish history and highlights the long standing feud between the Douglas's and the Stewarts during the reign of the boy king James II.

As usual Mr.Tranter's prose paints a vivid picture of the people and their times and his meticulous research and breadth of knowledge brings to life the true story of a man who was certainly one of the pivotal charcters of the era. This is one of my favourite Tranter novels and one that I come back to and re-read regularly and always discover some small thing that appears fresh or new.

Thank you Mr.Tranter, for your contribution to literature, your prolific output which would keep any reader content for years, and your determination to bring readable Scottish history to the people.

You are sorely missed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 24 Jan 2013
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Fine book and well researched, excellent value

Fine book and well researched, excellent value

Fine book and well researched, excellent value
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another masterful story from Nigel Tranter 12 Aug 2013
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Like all Nigel Tranter books I have read, great story with historical slants, giving his idea of how events happened, you feel empathy with the caracters and can give them their deserved place in history
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Brooding Douglas 29 May 2006
By Shawn Marchinek - Published on
Scotland from the view of the Douglas. Here we see life through William Douglas Eldest of 5 sons of James the Gross, 7th Earl of Douglas. Will becomes the 8th and brings back the Douglas family to its formal power and glory only to be seen as a threat to the throne and ultimately to James II who begins as his friend and ends as an enemy. Will is thrust into a loveless marriage by duty but unites former Galloway lands to his own and builds the bulwark of the new Douglas strength. We see him hone his political skills by dealing with the Livingstone and Crichton rivalry over a child monarch. Will seems to be more melancholy and under the cloud of duty never living life. His only joy is Meg Douglas, his mistress and friend. This was a good read and true Tranter. He gives us a view this time from other than the crown or their guardian. Maybe Douglas should have went for the crown instead of being a loyal King's man for all it did him. A dark tragedy, indeed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Other Books 3 Sep 2007
By Blue Tyson - Published on
The sad story of an Earl of Douglas. Under his father and previous rulers the Douglas holdings and Galloway had fallen into disrepair.

When Will Douglas becomes the Earl his political and military ability, and early friendship with the king enable him to start to rectify the situation.

He grows too successful, and jealousies happen.
5.0 out of 5 stars Tranter is the best 20 May 2014
By A. Sudweeks - Published on
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If you like Bernard Cornwell than you'll love anything by Tranter! This is a great book. It's full of great historical information.
4.0 out of 5 stars THE EXPECTED NIGEL QUALITY! 6 April 2014
By Timothy Stacks - Published on
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Having read several of Nigel Tranter's books I knew what I was expecting of his stories. He did not disappoint me. It was history, intrigue, a novel, excitement, sadness in keeping with "the Bruce" and "the Wallace". It kept me involved with his story all the way to the very end. It is so very interesting to read about real people in a real place, in a real time, and yet it demands that you not put it down. You really need to read "the Bruce" to get a full picture of the historical environment and characters to appreciate the "Black Douglas".

For any one who enjoys medieval English, Scott and Welsh history in a novel format I would highly recommend this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars good reading 6 Nov 2013
By Kathleen L. Lesley - Published on
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Great book lots of history and details. Would recommend to any person who luvs history. Enjoyed the book luv the author have read a number of his books all great reads.
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