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The king's swift rider : a novel on Robert the Bruce

by Hunter, Mollie, 1922-2012

Format: Print Book 1998
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Springdale Free Public Library Young Adult Fiction YA HUNT
Location  Springdale Free Public Library
Collection  Young Adult Fiction
Call Number  YA HUNT
Robert the Bruce, King of Scots, led Scotland's rebel army in a thirty-year war against England. Now award-winning author Mollie Hunter tells the story of this legendary king, and of the young man who would become his swift rider and master of espionage. As Scotland's guerrilla campaign gathers bloody momentum, Martin Crawford finds himself deeply entrenched in a war to regain his country's freedom.

Picking up the story of Scotland's light for independence ten years after the death of William Wallace (played by Mel Gibson in the Oscar-winning motion picture Braveheart), The King's Swift Rider is an homage to one of history's greatest kings, Robert the Bruce.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 7^-12. In the late thirteenth century, after the defeat of the infamous Scottish warrior, William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, who had a claim to the throne, continued the fight against English rule. The story follows the adventures of Martin Crawford, a young Scot who saves the Bruce's life and becomes his page, confidante, and spy during the long struggle for freedom. Martin grows from a studious, naive boy into a hardened, intellectual leader as he loses his family to the merciless English, and watches the bloody battles throughout seven years, though time transitions during that period are only sketchily established. However, the novel is well researched and exciting, the action is fast paced and engrossing, and it is fascinating to learn about a real hero in a fictionalized "everyday life" account. History lessons have never been so much fun. --Ellie Barta-Moran"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Hunter (the Knight of the Golden Plain series) visits the 14th-century Scottish uprising against the English dramatized in Braveheart. Though not as gory as that film, the novel features enough ferocious bloodletting to make the squeamish squirm. The plot is driven by convenience: the teenage narrator, Martin Crawford, a messenger and spy for Robert the Bruce, sees every important leader of the day up close, including the dying King Edward I. He also observes (and sometimes plays a decisive behind-the-scenes role in) many major battles, despite their far-flung sites. Hunter further stretches credibility by portraying the Scots, especially Bruce, as near-saints who are fearsome killers only on the battlefield, while the unremittingly evil English commit atrocities wherever they go. In sum, a not-altogether convincing yarn, but, for those who like war stories, the battle scenes are stirring, the pace is brisk and the Scots' bravery in the face of overwhelming odds is inspiring. Ages 12-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Robert -- I, -- King of Scots, -- 1274-1329 -- Juvenile fiction.
Robert -- I, -- King of Scots, -- 1274-1329 -- Fiction.
Scotland -- History -- Robert I, 1306-1329 -- Juvenile fiction.
Scotland -- History -- Robert I, 1306-1329 -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :HarperCollinsPublishers,1998
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 241 pages, map ; 24 cm
ISBN 0060271868
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