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Lion's Whelp by [Tranter, Nigel]
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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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Scotland in the mid-fifteenth century, as power-hungy lords seek control of a boy king:  a thrilling tale of cunning and treachery, courage and loyalty, danger and romance.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 781 KB
  • Print Length: 343 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; New Ed edition (13 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008RRH5DI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #309,266 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This follows the story of James Stewart the second of that name from becoming king after his father's murder until his untimely death when one of his cannons exploded and killed him. His childhood was sad and lonely as he was kept away from his mother, Joanna Beaufort, by his guardians, Livingston and Chrighton. He was extremely lucky to have the Primate of Scotland, James Kennedy, as his uncle. Kennedy broke the chains of Jame's imprisonment and gave him some freedom in which to enjoy his life. James was lucky in his friends, especially Alec Lyon. Between Kennedy, Lyon and many other good men who guided James through the pitfalls of youth and Kingship. Together they did bring peace at last to Scotland. It seems the Stewart Kings did not live into old age dying young either through murder, accident or in battle. Another great read by the late, great Nigel Tranter.
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Lions Whelp Nigel Tranter 1st edn. Hardcover 1997

The brutal murder of James I, King of Scots (See also Lion Let Loose by Nigel Tranter), in 1437 left his seven-year-old son to rule over a troubled kingdom. Power-hungry lords seized their chance to gain control over the boy-king James II and his realm. When young Alexander Lyon, son of the Thane of Glamis, married Agnes Crichton, he found himself drawn into the wider affairs of the nation as Alec was to become a close friend of the young monarch at a time when James was in sore need of protection.
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 and the troubled time in which he lived. Compelling reading as always.

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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Well written. Interesting to anyone intrrested in Scottish history.
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