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The Guardian : a tale of Andrew Murray

by Whyte, Jack,

Format: Print Book 2016
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
Location Collection Call #
Monroeville Public Library Fiction WHYTE Jack
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  WHYTE Jack
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Fiction WHYTE Jack
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  WHYTE Jack
Sewickley Public Library Fiction F WHY
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  F WHY

Jack Whyte is a master of the sweeping historical epic and The Guardian is another evocative chronicle of the formation of his beloved Scotland.

Some men strive for greatness. And some men find themselves thrust into the role of their nation's saviors. Such are the two heroes who reshaped and reconfigured the entire destiny of the kingdom of Scotland. Wallace the Braveheart would become the only legendary, heroic, commoner in medieval British history; the undying champion of the common man. The other, Robert Bruce, earl of Carrick, would perfect the techniques of guerrilla warfare developed by Wallace and use them to create his own place in history as the greatest king of Scots.

In the spring of 1297, the two men meet in Ayr, in the south of Scotland, each having recently lost a young wife, one in childbirth and the other by murder. Each is heartbroken but determined in his grief to defy the ambitions of England and its malignant king, Edward Plantagenet, whose lust to conquer and consume the realm of Scotland is blatant and unyielding. Their combined anger at the injustices of the invading English is about to unleash a storm in Scotland that will last for sixteen years-and destroy England's military power for decades-before giving rise to a new nation of free men.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "After books featuring Robert the Bruce and William Wallace, the concluding book in Whyte's Guardians trilogy (Robert the Bruce, 2013; The Forest Laird, 2010) takes Andrew Murray as its subject. Though perhaps less known than Bruce and Wallace, Murray, a renowned military and political leader, played a critical role in the First War of Scottish independence. All events recounted by narrator and minor player Father James Wallace, cousin, best friend, and confessor of Wallace, lead up to the improbable and glorious Scottish victory at the Battle of Stirling Bridge. As with Whyte's previous books, the characters all play second fiddle to the unfolding historical events, which are chronicled in painstaking detail. Scottish home rule was and is a hot topic, and Whyte, as always, does an admirable job of dissecting and disseminating the origins of this epic struggle. Readers who love meaty historical and military sagas will relish this one.--Flanagan, Margaret Copyright 2016 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Series Whyte, Jack. Guardians series ; bk. 3.
Subjects Wallace, William, -- Sir, -- -1305 -- Fiction.
Robert -- I, -- King of Scots, -- 1274-1329 -- Fiction.
Scotland -- History -- Wallace's Rising, 1297-1304 -- Fiction.
Scotland -- History -- Robert I, 1306-1329 -- Fiction.
Scotland -- History -- War of Independence, 1285-1371 -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :2016
Edition First U.S. edition.
Language English
Notes "A Tom Doherty Associates book."
A tale of Scottish independence--from page 1 of cover.
Description x, 546 pages ; 25 cm.
ISBN 9780765331588
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