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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet; New Ed edition (6 Jan. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340212373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340212370
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 2.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The incredible 13th century story of Scottish hero, William Wallace.

About the Author

One of Scotland`s best-loved authors, Nigel Tranter wrote over ninety novels on Scottish history. He died at the age of ninety on 9 January 2000.


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THE WALLACE As close as fiction can get to the facts!

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 in 2007.

This fictionalised biography of William Wallace of Elderslie was written in 1975 and is still considered by most academics of Scottish history to be the work of fiction to come closest the historic facts. The author relies heavily upon meticulous research and, as with all his works is full of historical detail and minutiae giving his stories a feeling of truth and reality that very few authors of fiction ever achieve. This is the only work of fiction to my knowledge that is not based upon 'The Acts and Deeds of Sir William Wallace, Knight of Elderslie', a poem by the 15th Century bard Blind Harry thought to have been written around 1470, and long considered an almost total fiction.

My only small critique of this particular book is that as a work of fiction it sometimes is overly close to historical correctness. History does have long periods of boring nothingness between the more interesting events and in a couple of places Mr. Tranter's usual flowing prose slows down....but certainly not enough to spoil the enjoyment of this excellent novel.

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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This is a story based on the life of William Wallace the hero of Scotland. It is a story of how one man stood against the English king,his appointed leaders in Scotland and all they stood for.It is not a history book.If you want historical fact then go to a reference library. If you want to be entertained by a historical novel based on fact, but not always accurate, then read this book.It is a good read and even better if you happen to be Scottish.
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Nigle Tranter appears to have made it his life's work to put Scotland's history in to novel form and this is a fine addition to his canon of work. Gripping, readable and interesting, Forget Mel Gibson's Braveheart (a load of bollocks for lots of reasons), this is as close to history as you'll get.
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A well written and absorbing read about the great Scottish patriot, even if Tranter seems to drag in parts. It is generally informative and good reading. We learn how Wallace took up arms against the English after Edward I had taken position of much of the country.
In 1297 Wallace defeated the English at Stirling Bridge and ravaged the northern counties but the following year Edward beat him at Falkirk. He then went abroad but to seek help but failing to obtain it he returned to Scotland to carry on guerilla warfare from 1303 to 1305, when he was betrayed and captured at Glasgow. Taken to London for trial he was executed the same year and the four parts of his body sent to Scotland to be displayed in the principal towns.

This is the story of his struggle and the travails of Scotland at this time, the motivations of William Wallace and of the Scottish people. More historically correct by far than Mel Gibson's Braveheart.
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read this 30 years ago, itseemed different somehow , but if I had met up with tom forsyth as I knew it would make a brilliant film but the usual I didn't , I would have made brave heart instead of a yank , and if I had someone to push me I would have done a river city 10 years before river city , but it is a good book .
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For anyone interested in gettinga real feel for the period and the man. It isn't likely to be 100 percent on the nail since like most histories of the period it depends on large tablespoons of myth to fill out what bare bones of fact exist. That being said it is much more accurate in its interpretation of history than Randall Wallaces 'Braveheart'. ( And tho Tranter tends to ramble on a bit here and there, this bookis also better written and characterised. (Oh and it also gets the names of all the main cahracters correct)
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The Wallace is an excellent book.It is hard to beleive Scotland survived as a country with all it's nobles warring amongst one another.It took a common "Bravehearted" man like Wallace to show them all including 'The Bruce" how it,s done.Amust read for any scotsman,Not as good as "Bruce Trilogy" but very,very,good
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I totaly enjoyed this book by the great writer, Nigel Tranter along with his Bruce Trilogy. It has taken me a long time to find Nigel Tranter, so sad I am too late to congratulate him on his wonderful writing. He brings to life not only his subject, but he takes you there, explaining the countryside in detail, just like you are looking at it yourself. I totally lose myself in his writing and find it hard to put the books down. I love the story of William Wallace which 'Braveheart' fired people's imagination of this great Scottish Patriot and brought him to life again even if the story took poetic licence a bit far. But at least it probably made people want to find out more about him. Great book.
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