Medieval Historical Fiction Novel of the Week

The Islesman, Nigel Trantor, Medieval, Historical Fiction, Novel, Middle Ages, ScotlandThe Islesman by Nigel Tranter

Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Hodder Headline (June 1, 2003)

Comments from the Publisher:

“The absorbing tale of Angus Og MacDonald, Lord of the Isles, set in the turbulent days of Robert the Bruce. Angus Mor, Lord of the Isles, had a son, Alexander of Islay. The boy was too studious to be the warrior needed to rule that far-flung island, and knowing this, Angus Mor raised his grandson to be lord. That grandson, Angus Og MacDonald, became the semi-independent prince of the Hebrides and much of the West Highland Mainland, as well as an active supporter of Robert the Bruce, chief of chiefs. He was also a man who sought peace and prosperity for his scattered people, encouraging trade, and seeking to resolve feuds among clans. The Isleman is his story.”

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