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Across a huge colourful canvas, ranging from the wilds of Scotland to Norway, Denmark and Rome, here is the story of the real MacBeth. Set aside Shakespeare's portrait: read instead of his struggle to make and save a united Scotland. In this impressively researched and vivid portrayal, Tranter belies the popular perception of a savage, murderous ambitious king. Instead, he tells of MacBeth's struggle to make and save a united Scotland; his devotion to his great love, the young Queen Gruoch; the humane laws they fought for; the great battle they were forced to fight. And the terrible price they paid. 'Through his imaginative dialogue, he provides a voice for Scotland's heroes' Scotland on Sunday

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In 1678, Scotland liesunder the dark threat of union with England. In an era of intrigue and bloodshed, Andrew Fletcher, laird of Saltoun, stands out as a man of ideals and integrity. His fearless and dogged opposition to the Treaty becomes a thirty-­year campaign fought in Europe as well as his native Scotland. His eventual defeat is the defeat of a hero and of a cause so dear to his people that his name is glorified in Scottish history. 'Through his imaginative dialogue, he provides a voice for Scotland's heroes' Scotland on Sunday

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William Wallace ??? a man of violent passions and unquenchable spirit, the natural leader of a proud race. Scotland at the end of the 13th century was a blood-­torn country suffering under the harsh domination of a tyrant usurper, the hated Plantagenet, Edward Longshanks. During the appalling violence of those unsettled days, one man rose to become leader of the Scots. That man was William Wallace. Motivated at first by revenge for the slaughter of his father, Wallace vowed to cleanse his country of the English and set the rightful king, Robert the Bruce, upon the Scottish throne. Though Wallace was a heroic figure, he was but a man ??? and his chosen path was to lead him through grievous danger and personal tragedy before the final outcome . . .

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Norse-­Slayer and nationbuilder, Kenneth, son of Alpin mac Eochaidh, King of Galloway, was the visionary who brought together the ancient kingdoms of Alba, Dalriada, Strathclyde and Galloway to create the country of Scotland. Yet his vision was wider still. He dreamed of a great coming together of all the Celtic people, Scots, Irish, Welsh, Cornish and Manx, united against the Norse and the Anglo-­Saxon invaders. Fighting not only his country's enemies but also the fractious, obstinate wilfulness of his own people, his legacy was a nation, with it's own patron saint, the apostle Andrew, that would edure from the ninth century to the present day. 'Through his imaginative dialogue, he provides a voice for Scotland's heroes' Scotland on Sunday

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Little is known about Thomas Learmonth of Ercildoune, vassal and esquire of the Earl of Dunbar, poet and prophesier known as 'Thomas the Rhymer'. During the reign of the Scottish King Alexander III, a time when the sword ruled over all and the treachery of the powerful earls had never been greater, True Thomas became renowned for his extraordinary gift of prophecy - a gift which has echoed through the centuries. In this enthralling novel Nigel Tanter brings him and the wild and rugged times in which he lived to vivid and memorable life. 'Through his imaginative dialogue, he provides a voice for Scotland's heroes' Scotland on Sunday

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As the 15th century dawned, Scotland was plunged into chaos. With the new king ailing and weak, his unscrupulous younger brother, the Earl of Fife, seized his chance to become Regent and Governer of the realm. Sent to London to appease the English king, George the Cospatrick, 10th Earl of Dunbar and March, struck up a lasting friendship with Richard II's cousin, Henry of Bolingbroke, who was to become King Henry IV of England. On Henry's succession to the thone, Robert III's wife, Queen Annabella, asked Earl Cospatrick to use his influence with the English king in order to avert civil war. And so it was that Cospatrick found himself seeking help from the Auld Enemy to right affairs in Scotland. In due course, Cospatrick's son George was destined to pay the price of his father's links with the Plantagenets and perceived treachery.

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A casket of incriminating letters from Mary, Queen of Scots. The letters would be an instrument of persuasion - or blackmail as others might call it. Whoever held them had a hold over the James VI King of Scots, now also King James I of England. But for Andrew, seventh Lord Gray, laying hands on the letters was not going to be easy. They were secure in the half-­ruined Fast Castle that clung to the sea-­cliffs of Berwickshire. A castle that no one could enter if they were not welcome. And so young David Gray, his bastard nephew, was sent on a perilous mission . . . 'Through his imaginative dialogue, he provides a voice for Scotland's heroes' Scotland on Sunday

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The brutal murder of James I, King of Scots, at Perth in 1437 left his seven-­year-­old son to rule over a troubled kingdom.­åÊ Power-­hungry lords seized their chance to gain control over the boy-­king James II and his realm. åÊ When young Alexander Lyon, son of the Thane of Glamis, married Agnes, the daughter of Sir William Crichton, he found himself drawn into the wider affairs of the nation.­åÊ For Alec was to become a close attendant and friend of the young monarch at a time when James was in sore need of protection. åÊ Nigel Tranter reveals how Alec Lyon and Agnes Crichton helped to shape the story of Scotland - and that of England, too.­åÊåÊ For this was the period of the Wars of the Roses, and the northern kingdom was not to remain unaffected.­åÊ 'Through his imaginative dialogue, he provides a voice for Scotland's heroes' Scotland on Sunday

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