The Guardian

The Guardian

A Tale of Andrew Murray

Book - 2016
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"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." -- Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York : Forge, 2016
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780765331588
0765331586
Characteristics: x, 546 pages ; 25 cm

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funkydave
May 08, 2017

I read all the other comments and i really like this book

it was full of extra details but i didn't mind that particularly the battle at Sperling

with a neat twist in leading the english over the bridge which was brilliant tactic

Andrew Murrey was not talked about as much as i expected but William and Andrew were cousins which is interesting as Andrew was a soon to be Baron and William was known as a brigand or commoner and from all account an extraordinary Archer.

Overall i would rate this book at a 4 it was a good read with a lot of historical accurate detail which i liked and although you never come into contact with Edward the king you can see his handiwork every where in scotland,

A good read i recommend it

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dixiedog
Apr 01, 2017

Canadian author Jack Whyte’s ‘The Guardian – A Tale of Andrew Murray,’ The Guardian Series Book 3, was a very well written book but as another reviewer wrote, if you read the first two books you could pass on this one. William Wallace and to a lesser extent ‘The Bruce’ are also in this book.

The only thing I found very different about this book was the description of the battle of Sterling Bridge. It was described from a priest’s point-of-view primarily describing the aftermath of the fighting in vivid detail rather than the fighting. Not highly recommended by Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

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ckrooser
Nov 14, 2015

A slog at times. Too much extraneous stuff. This should have been a great 250 to 300 page read. The quality of Jack Whyte's earlier books such as the Templar Trilogy is not there. If you have read on Wallace and the Bruce, you can pass on this one.

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janetdv
Apr 15, 2015

Absolutely loved the entire series. Whyte is a true story teller and did an amazing job of bringing the time and geography to life. Imagine waiting days to pass on a simple message from town to town! The world of Braveheart and Bruce is beyond imagination for us but Whyte does well to transport us there. Interesting commentary on political, economic, and social life of the time. Highly recommend for those interested in Scots history.

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