Robert the Bruce

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"This is a wonderful book about an amazing man" - by Diane E. Chenault
This is a wonderful book about an amazing man. A must read for anyone interested in Scottish history or a good true story. Robert the Bruce was truly one of a kind and this book is well sourced.
"Robert the Bruce Lives" - by FitzComyn (Washington State, USA)
Nigel Tranter is an amazing author. He has brought all Scottish history to life with his series of Scottish historical novels. You can tell his research is incredible and he keeps things historically correct down to the detail. He just adds emotion and dialogue the way he thinks it happened. These are more history than fiction. It is History that breathes. This is the story of Robert the Bruce and how he went through amazing times of hardship and despair to claim the throne of Scotland and free them from English rule. This was my first Tranter book. I will not rest until I have read them all. Anyone of Scottish blood or even just interested in Scottish history should read this book. There is no dry factual text here. It is pure life, emotion and thought. Robert the Bruce lives again through Nigel Tranter.
"Good solid, if at times stolid" - by J. Hamby
Good solid, if at times stolid, look at Robert the Bruce and his reign.

Penman takes a more scholarly approach which can slow the reading aspect down a little bit, but the research seems strong and is very well presented. Bruce is a well conveyed in all his complexity and flaws, a rather rocky rise to power and then his reign and challenges that brought.

A good look at someone who not just played a role in Scotland staying a kingdom, but also well worth this effort as his actions had implications for England and subsequently the rest of Europe for generations to come. Penman does his subject proud.
"This is factual information about the leaders of the fight for Scottish independence" - by Modupe Hendricks
I really enjoyed the pairing of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce and one book to describe the Scottish wars of independence. The book was brief but concise. The author compared the movie Braveheart with what we actually know of the people and the events. The problem with William Wallace is that there is little factual information about his past and the times he conducted guerrilla warfare. A lot more is known about Robert the Bruce. Anyone who would like to obtain a brief and factual presentation of the Scottish wars of independence will enjoy this book.
"What makes these 2 books even better is the historical context within which I am reading ..." - by linda hughes
I have just recently read the Forest Laird too. I appreciated both of these books very much. I can hardly wait to read the next one. What makes these 2 books even better is the historical context within which I am reading them. I write this review on 9/10/14 a week exactly before Scotland has their historic vote for independence. The news today says that it is too close to call. I also write this 2 days after attending the local Scottish Highlands Games and Clan parade. The Bruce Clan was represented by 3 people. Wallace Clan had 10.

I recognize that both of these books are historic fiction, but, I wonder what both William Wallace and Robert Bruce would say about current events. Would they have changed anything that they did back then? I think not. Thank you ... full review
"Exceptional book; exceptional artwork" - by The Lost Sailor
This book is exceptional. Despite some violent themes, my son and I read two pages of this book every night. The story of Robert Bruce is skillfully told in a straightforward way that he can understand. But the artwork...the artwork is arresting. The illustrations are unique and compelling -- to both of us. I can't recommend this book enough.
"EXCELLENT" - by BAARDA (California)
This ebook sold by CHARLES RIVER EDITORS has the same structure as all their books. Illustrations, links to other sites and ample bibliography; all help to make the books more educational. Buy and enjoy.
"Robert the Bruce under the 21 century eyes" - by McDouglass (Washington State, USA)
Robert Bruce by Colm McNamee was a refreshing yet information filled biography. Mr. McNamee uses many of the common sources for information like Bower, Duncan, and Barbour for info on the Bruce and McDonald and Young for information on the Macdonalds and Comyns. All these academic works are boiled down to something a novice or expert can enjoy in this book.

Colm McNamee mixes some chapters that set the stage or gives us a background into the current history and medieval influences on Scotland during the late 1200s and early 1300s. Then fills in with the chapters of Bruce's campaign to gain the Throne, battles with Edward I, Edward II and finally even Edward III. The final chapter addresses how he has grown into legend since his death and even faded under the shadow of William Wallace. Add to that some simple genealogical tables ... full review
"A unique contribution to The Bruce literature" - by Happy Doc (Monterey, CA USA)
This book is well researched, heavily referenced history of the early years of the Bruce struggle for the kingship.
Highly recommended.
"was one of the best Mystery Books I have read" - by Dan Small
I read the first book by Bruce Robert Coffin Among the Shadows, was one of the best Mystery Books I have read. I have read books by James Patterson, Stuart Woods, John Sanford, Michael Connerlly and found this read by Bruce Robert Coffin the most enjoyable,thrilling and exciting mystery I have read. I am now reading his second novel and am enjoying this book as well. With his experiences in law enforcement has enhanced his skills to provide exciting and enticing reads I look forward to his future novels
Dan Small
"Outstanding" - by Michael S (Waterbury, CT)
After much of the fluff that mascarades as crime fiction, there is this. This book not only gets the crime right, it gets the humanity of the characters right. I spent 33 years on an inner city ambulance and interacted an became friends with many of the cops. This book is as close as it gets to real
"Blood and hate" - by Sarah Marie (USA)
This book puts the whole relatively recent vote for Scottish independence into perspective. It shows how England and Scotland have a long history of battles where thousands died, all in the name of the Scots trying to be free and the English trying to block them.

It's also very evident from the material in the book that the Scottish movement for independence had to face two major foes, only one of which was the English. The other foe, just as problematic as the other was the in-fighting among the Scottish nobility with an almost constant struggle for power, a struggle which weakened the Scottish movement and may very well have cost them their independence.

The person known as Braveheart is in the book along Edward I who ordered all Jews kicked out of England. He also wanted control of Scotland and the tax money he could get out of it. The fighting ... full review
"A Classic in the Tradition of Chandler and Hammett" - by Lisa Lieberman
Detective Sergeant John Byron is one of those Chandleresque characters ("But down these mean streets a man must go who is not himself mean, who is neither tarnished nor afraid. . ."), the type Bogie played to perfection. Tough, but vulnerable, with a healthy disregard for authority figures and a soft spot for the ladies. Reading Coffin's novel was like going back to the classic era of detective fiction. The streets of Portland, Maine are nowhere near as mean as Dashiell Hammett's San Francisco -- the really mean stuff in this book happened in Boston -- but Byron handles double-crossing as nimbly as Sam Spade. I wonder who they'll get to play him in the movie.
"Making History Come Alive" - by Ruth
Everybody has heard of Robert the Bruce and 'Braveheart' William Wallace, but few know intimately all the ins and outs of the struggle for an independent Scotland and the establishment of the Scottish royal line of succession. This book is written in an open and direct style, in the first person from alternating viewpoints, making it easy to read. This succeeds admirable in clearing up all the shifting loyalties in Scotland as well as in England, by presenting the characters as real people and not just one-dimensional adherents or opponents, credibly explaining the reasons behind their actions. Having recently visited Stirling, Bannockburn, Carlisle and Berwick, I was able to track the geographical action and easily envision the terrain over which the Bruce fought to win his realm. In light of my other knowledge of Scottish history, this book further enlightened the struggle to unite Scotland's antagonistic families to create a ... full review