The Forest Laird

The Forest Laird

A Tale of William Wallace

Book - 2012
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Wallace's cousin Jamie remembers the Scottish rebel as an angry young orphan who grew up shaped by Ewen Scrymgeour, a once-outlawed archer, and Bishop Wishart of Glasgow, a kind but ruthless patriot who nurtured Wallace's hatred of the English. Set in 13th century Scotland.
Publisher: New York : Forge, 2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780765331564
076533156X
Characteristics: xxiii, 483 p. ; 25 cm

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dixiedog
Feb 08, 2016

Canadian author Jack Whyte’s ‘The Forest Laird’ - A Tale of William Wallace, The Guardian Series Book 1, was a very detailed and interesting Historical Fiction about one of Scotland’s best known, loved, and greatest heroes. Wallace’s story is told through the eyes of his cousin Jamie Wallace a priest. It starts from prison as he awaits execution and flashes back to his childhood until he truly took on the role of Scotland’s national leader. This story is considerably different than that of Scotland’s master story teller Nigel Tranter who also wrote a book ‘The Wallace.’ Book 2 in the series is on ‘Robert the Bruce’ and the third is about ‘The Black Douglas.’ Tranter also wrote of these Scottish heroes. While not as exciting as Tranter’s book, this book is interesting and enjoyable. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

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GuyN
Aug 05, 2014

Whyte again brings life to historical figures who are almost legendary, this time in Scotland at the end of the 13th century. His account of the the early life of William Wallace is well researched, and Whyte develops his characters and provides exciting details to create an engrossing storyline. Two more historical novels follow this one in Whyte's "Guardians" series.

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petehoover98118
Aug 01, 2014

Like the book that got Galileo excommunicated, this is a novel wherein ideas are discussed, purportedly as a work of fiction, but actual documentary historical ideas are introduced. The characters discuss in detail the Feudal System, what it was, and why at this particular time it had started to break down.
Like a skillful storyteller, the author presents these ideas to a readership who would start to get zombie-like stares if they had to read actual historical analysis.
It's an excellent read, and a book I'd recommend for doing research in high-school on the Feudal System.

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tigger61
Oct 20, 2012

Anyone who knows this author's work can attest to the skill he utilizes to captivate his audience and this book is no different. It is a take to the prequel of Braveheart with a few interesting differences thrown in. The development of William Wallace is very clearly seen and you see a very complex man grow from a confused and scarred child. It is also interesting to see how Jamie develops in a completely opposite way after a similar background. Whyte has once again produced a very captivating read from old English history.

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WMP
Apr 23, 2012

Story of early years of William Wallace prior to the start of the movie Braveheart.

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AlligatorAl
Mar 11, 2012

excellent reading! I was difficult to put down the book. A great tale.

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becker
Feb 07, 2011

I really enjoyed the storytelling aspect of this book. It was enjoyable to read and very interesting.

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carolecressman
Dec 18, 2010

A wonderful boo, as usual, written in Whyte/s very precise prose, a much more human narration of the life of William Wallace than is usual.

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emerge
Dec 13, 2010

Well researched & told, this is the story of William Wallace as seen through the eyes of his cousin Jamie. Wallace is portrayed as an intelligent but simple man who was both a warrior & a pawn. A man who inspired thousands to folllow him & was ultimately used & betrayed by some of his own.
It doesn't matter that we already know how it ended. Whyte gives us a portrait of a man of integrity & bravery who might have lived a quiet, simple life if circumstances around him had been different.
It's a rousing, epic & heartbreaking story that will have us waiting for the next instalment.

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