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Kenneth (Coronet Books) Paperback – 6 Jan 1994


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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; New Ed edition (6 Jan. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340566388
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340566381
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.9 x 17.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 711,862 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 story of Kenneth Mac Alpin, the 9th-century warrior hero who strove to bring his people together to stand against their enemies, and in doing so fathered a nation

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BlackBrigand on 17 May 2013
Format: Hardcover
KENNETH Nigel Tranter 1990 1ST edition, hardcovers.

The Kenneth of Nigel Tranter's novel is Kenneth MacAlpin, founder of a dynasty that would rule for more than 800 years. The tale follows the life of a grandson of the king of Dalriada, a realm of former Irish immigrants still clinging to a patch of coast between the Britons of Strathclyde and the much larger Pictish Kingdom of Alba. It was Kenneth's victory over invading Saxons that set the scene for union of the Celtic Kingdoms against the Saxons and Northmen.

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 became the first Scottish king, and established Saint Andrew as the patron saint of the new country.

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.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Hunter on 23 April 2013
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Nigel Granted is a master at putting flesh onto the bones of history, even where the bones are a bit sketchy! Makes you wish Scotland could have had more kings like Kenneth.
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By kenneth mckinnon on 2 July 2014
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Tranter at his best a great read.
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