Required Reading

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Robert the Bruce by Jack Whyte

 This is one book in a trilogy on Scottish heroes called the Guardians Trilogy.  This book depicts the coming of age of Robert The Bruce.   Keep in mind that in the time of the book, there were three Roberts all of whom at some point were The Bruce.

This is an excellent fictional rendition of  the Scottish independence movement.  Scotland's move from being an independent kingdom to an English vassal in reality and the fight to return to independence is touched on in this book.   I say touched on because the book is more of a biography of Rober the Bruce than an actual treatise on Scottish independence.

The author does an excellent job portraying an actual historic figure.  The life and daily mundane behaviors are in sufficient detail to appreciate both the difference and similarity to today's life and political realities.   The cot and camp stove mentioned early in the book brought home that this time period, although primitive by today's standards, still appreciated normal comforts.  The manipulative perfidy of the political environment would sadly fit into any contemporary country. 

I highly recommend the book and it reinforces me love of historic fiction.

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