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5.0 out of 5 stars gripping tale of king james II & the great back douglas, 7 Oct 2001
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent fictionalised biography of a key character in Scottish history., 18 Jun 2014
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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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