July 1, 2004
July 1, 2004
The powerful Earl of Buchan amasses an army of many factions in the north of Scotland to stem the success of King Robert as he moves, castle by castle, through the Great Glen toward the earl's vast lands.Robert the Bruce, the newly made King of Scots, has far more than half his countrymen actively fighting against him. Even so, he continues the struggle, knowing that his determination to free Scotland from English control is in the right.King Robert's top lieutenants find themselves faced with overwhelming odds when the king is suddenly struck down with a mysterious malady. One among them must pose as the king to keep his enemies from discerning their fearful secret. Christina of Carrick, the king's kinswoman, is summoned to his side when it seems he, and thus the rebellion, is lost. Two honorable people, they try and keep their love from overpowering them and the struggle to free Scotland.Buchan's power includes the young Earl of Strathbogie, who blames Robert for the death of his father; Baron John de Mowbray, commander of a great English force aimed at eradicating the Bruce rebellion; and Sir Reginald Cheyne, a wiser warrior than Buchan, but constrained to do his bidding, nonetheless. Then there is the Earl of Ross, who betrayed the Bruce's wife, daughter, and sister to the English resulting in their cruel imprisonment. Fearful of The Bruce' revenge, he accepts a short term treaty to get King Robert from his door, knowing that the Bruce will eventually return.The king's brother, Edward, suffers from devastating black spells of despair that threaten the whole of the rebellion, yet his opposite moods and grandiose actions pose, perhaps, the greater danger.During a winter later characterized by historians as ?particularly cold?, the Scottish king and his dwindled army fight to survive and to bring their recalcitrant countrymen to his side, else Scotland ceases to be a sovereign nation.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Action + Thrillers, Literary Genres + Types of Novels
- Language: English
- Author: Carolyn Hale Bruce
- Online Item #: 13763079
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-74-4171
- ISBN: 9780972167420
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported