The Wallace (Coronet Books) Paperback – 6 Jan 1994
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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 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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Full of Action. Some background history would improve the bookPublished 13 months ago by George Charles
This is a powerful insight to the trials and tribulations of the William Wallace period of history.Published 19 months ago by Liz
Forget 'Braveheart' this is the real background and history of Wallace and Scotland at a turning point in the independence of a nation. Beautifully written in tremendous detail. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Fraser
The print is so small and fuzzy that I gave up on it after about 100 pages. Might be different in a slightly larger finer quality print. Read morePublished on 27 Mar. 2014 by CARL
It was a very authentic of what I know of the history of Wallace. I could not put it down.Published on 14 Aug. 2013 by Mr J, Adamson
read this years ago but it never fails to inspire Nigel Tranter was the prince of historical novels, I do not think I have read one that dissapointed me.Published on 9 July 2013 by Alistair Brown