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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks; New Ed edition (5 Jan 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340279109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340279106
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 447,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BlackBrigand on 26 Jun 2014
Format: Hardcover
David the Prince Nigel Tranter Hardcover Edition

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. David was the son of Malcolm III and Queen Margaret and the third of their sons to come to the Scottish throne in 1124. David supported the cause of the Empress Matilda in the English civil war against Stephen by invading England. After the Battle of the Standard in 1138, David returned to Scotlandto become oone of the most stable and reforming of the medieval Scots kings.

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary Selikow on 2 Dec 2012
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The well written and picturesque novel of one of Scotland greatest kings with engaging intelligent dialogue and a good pace. Tranetr as usual demonstrates his love for the people, history and land of Scotland.

Like his namesake King David of Israel, David I of Scotland was a nation builder. David was the son of Malcolm III and Queen Margaret. After the deaths of his brothers, he gained the whole kingdom in 1124 and as an English baron he swore fealty to his niece the Empress Matilda, and supported her in the civil war against Stephen by invading England. The first two thirds of the novel covers the period before David's ascension to king of Scotland, and mainly covers his relations with his brothers when they were kings. Excellent focus on the English Civil War between Empress Matilda and King Stephen.
Defeated at the Battle of Standard in 1138, David returned to Scotland, and devoted himself to reforming the kingdom and introducing feudalism on Norman lines. He founded bishoprics and several monasteries, including Melrose Abbey and Holyrood.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Drico-2 on 16 Feb 2011
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Set during the reigns of William the Conqueror's sons Rufus and then Henry Ist,Nigel,in his own inimical style, tells how David became King of Scots and built the foundations so that Scotland would become a "modern" independent country.Wonderful read.Buy with confidence.
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After reading several Robert the Bruce books, I was left wanting to find out the history of Scotland before The Bruce. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It mapped out the old Scotland and where the borders were and the old names of the more well known places that appeared in The Bruce. It showed that England's wish to control Scotland didn't start and end with The Bruce, it began so much earlier It showed that the English King's wish to be Lord Paramount of Scotland didn't begin with Edward I. It has just given me the thirst to read more earlier history of Scotland. What would we do without Nigel Tranter's books.
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The King who changed Scotland forever 13 May 2006
By Shawn Marchinek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A great view of one of Scotland's most influential Kings from his point of view. An unlikely monarch, Prince David was the Sixth son of the Queen Margaret and King Malcolm III of Scotland. David raised in England was Norman in nature. Surviving his father and 4 brothers who all were King, David becomes monarch and brings his Norman friends to the nobility to join the Saxon, Celt and Pict families. He also breathes new life into the Roman Church introduced by his mother. Going head to head with the Pope, he puts Scotland on par with Europe, but in so doing signs the end of the ancient Columban Church. David helps bring Scotland, kicking and screaming to the then modern world and does his best to mix old and new. While being peaceful in nature he consistently has to ward of England's ever advancing nature, rebellion and strife between the Norman, Celt and Saxon lords and fend off claimants to his throne descended from his older brothers. A truly amazing King and an excellent Novel by Nigel Tranter.
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One of the greatest Scottish kings 2 Dec 2012
By Gary Selikow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The well written and picturesque novel of one of Scotland greatest kings with engaging intelligent dialogue and a good pace. Tranetr as usual demonstrates his love for the people, history and land of Scotland.

Like his namesake King David of Israel, David I of Scotland was a nation builder. David was the son of Malcolm III and Queen Margaret. After the deaths of his brothers, he gained the whole kingdom in 1124 and as an English baron he swore fealty to his niece the Empress Matilda, and supported her in the civil war against Stephen by invading England. The first two thirds of the novel covers the period before David's ascension to king of Scotland, and mainly covers his relations with his brothers when they were kings. Excellent focus on the English Civil War between Empress Matilda and King Stephen.
Defeated at the Battle of Standard in 1138, David returned to Scotland, and devoted himself to reforming the kingdom and introducing feudalism on Norman lines. He founded bishoprics and several monasteries, including Melrose Abbey and Holyrood.
Another great novel by Tranter. 7 Aug 2013
By Leslie - Published on Amazon.com
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When it comes to Scottish historical novels, Tranter is THE MAN. He always sucks you in, and this one is no different. As always, meticulously researched. You feel like you are in the period. Any Tranter novel is worth getting.
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