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Jack Whyte - Author

About the Author

Jack Whyte was born and raised in Scotland, and educated in England and France. He migrated to Canada from the UK, in 1967, as a teacher of High School English, but he only taught for a year before starting to work as a professional singer, musician, actor and entertainer--a career he followed, one way and another and with many variations, for the next twenty years.

In the early 1970s, Whyte researched, wrote, directed and appeared in a one man show based on the life and times of Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet. He toured Canada with the presentation, which he had written to appeal to non-Scots, Canadian audiences, de-mystifying the poet and his works and making them understandable and enjoyable to North Americans. The success of the show led him into writing for CBC National television, and eventually to a career in advertising, where he learned his craft as Head Writer and Creative Director of several advertising agencies before moving to the other side of the client-agency relationship, to act as Corporate Communications Director for a number of public and private companies.

Whyte's interest in 5th Century history and the 460-year Roman military occupation of Britain springs from his early Classical education in Scotland during the 1950s, and he has pursued his fascination with those times ever since. That interest, allied with an equally fervent preoccupation with the Arthurian legend, led him, in 1978, to a sudden realization of the probable truth underlying the legend's central mystery of the Sword in the Stone. Then, knowing how it had been done, Whyte set out to tell the story, and to establish King Arthur securely in a realistic and feasible historical context. His saga, fleshed out by years of research, continues to unfold to the delight of his large and growing audience. Whyte is married, with five adult children, and lives in British Columbia, Canada.

Featured books by Jack Whyte

Resistance The Bravehearts Chronicles

Resistance The Bravehearts Chronicles

Author: Jack Whyte Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/07/2014

AD 1286: The King of Scots is killed, leaving no heir. Twelve-year-old Robert Bruce, heir to the great House of Bruce, comes of age amid the bitter rivalry of Scotland's most powerful nobles to claim the vacant throne. The boy is schooled in the arts of warfare and the manipulation of ruthless and violent men, but when the Scottish Crown is bestowed upon Bruce's greatest enemies, Robert travels with his family to England, swearing feudal loyalty to King Edward Plantagenet - known as 'Longshanks'. But Longshanks's increasing treachery and his brutal attempts to annexe Scotland see Robert turning renegade and returning to his home country. The Battle of Bannockburn lies ahead and a legend is born. This is the story of one man's resistance, and the bravery of a country that would not yield.

Other books by Jack Whyte

Uprising

Uprising

Author: Jack Whyte Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/07/2015

Scotland: AD 1297 Two heroes. One nation. United in the fight for freedom. In the spring of 1297, the two great Scottish heroes meet in Ayr: William Wallace, legendary champion of the common man, and Robert Bruce, who would perfect the guerrilla warfare developed by Wallace and use it to cement his place in history as Scotland's greatest king. Each is determined to defy the ambitions of England and its malignant king, Edward Plantagenet, whose lust to conquer and consume the realm of Scotland by blood and fury is unyielding. Their anger is about to unleash a storm that will last for sixteen years. From Jack Whyte, the master of the sweeping historical epic, comes the continuing story of two heroes who changed the entire destiny of Scotland by defying the might and power of the king of England.

Resistance The Bravehearts Chronicles

Resistance The Bravehearts Chronicles

Author: Jack Whyte Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/07/2014

AD 1286: The King of Scots is killed, leaving no heir. Twelve-year-old Robert Bruce, heir to the great House of Bruce, comes of age amid the bitter rivalry of Scotland's most powerful nobles to claim the vacant throne. The boy is schooled in the arts of warfare and the manipulation of ruthless and violent men, but when the Scottish Crown is bestowed upon Bruce's greatest enemies, Robert travels with his family to England, swearing feudal loyalty to King Edward Plantagenet - known as 'Longshanks'. But Longshanks's increasing treachery and his brutal attempts to annexe Scotland see Robert turning renegade and returning to his home country. The Battle of Bannockburn lies ahead and a legend is born. This is the story of one man's resistance, and the bravery of a country that would not yield.

War of the Celts Legends of Camelot 8 (Arthur the Legend - Book I)

War of the Celts Legends of Camelot 8 (Arthur the Legend - Book I)

Author: Jack Whyte Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2014

A country in ruins A struggle for survival A dynasty begun The Empire is collapsing and after 450 years of occupying Britain, the Roman legions are departing to defend the homeland. Soldier turned blacksmith Publius Varrus and his friend, the Legate Caius Britannicus, decide to stay behind and build a new life in the chaos that is left behind. They dream of rebuilding the Empire, this time free of the corruption that destroyed it, and firmly based on the island of Britain, despite its being bathed in blood and brutalised by tribal invasion. Their dream is a thousand years premature, but the first step towards it is the unification of the country under one man, a monarch whose fame will echo through the ages: Publius' great grandson: Arthur Pendragon, King of the Britons. Discover the most authentic telling of the Arthurian legend ever written

The Round Table Legends of Camelot 9 (Arthur the Legend - Book II)

The Round Table Legends of Camelot 9 (Arthur the Legend - Book II)

Author: Jack Whyte Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2014

A sword forged A home built A new era born The Roman armies are now gone, and Publius Varrus, the legionnaire turned blacksmith, along with his former commanding general Caius Britannicus, begin to form alliances that will create a nation out of bloodshed and chaos. Using the mysterious metal smelted from a meteorite, Varrus forges an extraordinary sword that will one day be wielded by his great grandson. He names it Excalibur. And in the country's darkest hour, these two dreamers establish a colony that will uphold their values and bring civilisation to a broken land: a place called Camelot. Discover the most authentic telling of the Arthurian legend ever written

Pendragon Legends of Camelot 7 (Arthur the Son - Book II)

Pendragon Legends of Camelot 7 (Arthur the Son - Book II)

Author: Jack Whyte Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

A matchless warrior A true friend lost A love like none before The son of a Celtic King and a Romano-British aristocrat, Uther Pendragon learns early to respect honour, nobility and integrity, but he also learns to love to fight, and to kill when necessary. His closest boyhood friend is his cousin Merlyn Britannicus, and together they will set Britain on a new path. But Camelot attracts the envy and dislike of others, among them Gulrhys Lot, King of Cornwall, and Lot's hunger for power and conquest will come to define Uther's life as his friendship with his cousin Merlyn disintegrates. While war ravages the land, Uther seems invincible, but he is powerless against the love that will undo him; a love that will seal his place in legend as he becomes father to Arthur, High King of Britain. Discover the most authentic telling of the Arthurian legend ever written

Merlyn Legends of Camelot 6 (Arthur the Son - Book I)

Merlyn Legends of Camelot 6 (Arthur the Son - Book I)

Author: Jack Whyte Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/01/2014

A brutal murder Murmurs of magic Vengeance denied It is 409 AD in Britain and the Roman legions are gone. Britain is abandoned and the fledgling colony of Camelot needs a new leader. Two young men, related by blood, step forward prepared to share that responsibility: Caius Merlyn Britannicus, the grandson of Camelot's founder, and his first cousin, the Celtic prince Uther Pendragon. But an act of cold barbarism shatters the trust and comradeship these two have shared since childhood and causes Merlyn to doubt his cousin's morality. As war arrives from the south-west and Uther's motives are revealed, Merlyn finds salvation where he had least expected it, and a legend is born in this prequel to Jack Whyte's groundbreaking Excalibur. Discover the most authentic telling of the Arthurian legend ever written

The Last Stand Legends of Camelot 5 (Arthur the King - Book II)

The Last Stand Legends of Camelot 5 (Arthur the King - Book II)

Author: Jack Whyte Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/2013

Heroes united Camelot threatened A fight to the end In a wintry shelter, hidden from marauders, the warrior Lancelot and Arthur, High King of Britain, conceive of an order of knights to defend the newly united kingdom from all who would destroy it. Camelot, the High King's seat, is the wonder of the land, and the rule of Arthur and his beautiful queen Guinevere promises to bring about a new era of peace and prosperity. Yet love tests loyalty to the breaking point, while renewed threats of war in the north force Arthur to look to the defences of his kingdom and take steps to ensure that the dream which he has worked so hard to achieve will not be destroyed. Discover the most authentic telling of the Arthurian legend ever written

Lancelot Legends of Camelot 4 (Arthur the King - Book I)

Lancelot Legends of Camelot 4 (Arthur the King - Book I)

Author: Jack Whyte Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/2013

A mighty warrior A faithful friend An immortal love As Arthur forges a union in Britain, across the sea a royal son is denied his birthright. The Romans are gone and war is coming to Gaul. In an age of cruelty and barbarism, Lancelot - known as Clothar - has been raised to champion justice and righteousness, but as his boyhood world in Gaul disintegrates, he seeks sanctuary in a new home: Britain. There he finds Arthur Pendragon, newly crowned High King, who, dreams, like Clothar himself, of living in a better world. The friendship of these men, and the love they share for a woman, will grow into Britain's most enduring legend. Discover the most authentic telling of the Arthurian legend ever written

The Boy King Legends of Camelot 2 (Arthur the Hero - Book II)

The Boy King Legends of Camelot 2 (Arthur the Hero - Book II)

Author: Jack Whyte Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2013

An heir hidden A land divided A king in waiting Having fled their home of Camelot, Merlyn Britannicus and the Arthur Pendragon find sanctuary in an abandoned Roman fort as the protector continues the young heir's training. Sheltered from the forces that would destroy him, Arthur grows in strength and resolve, and the child becomes a warrior and a hero. But a storm is coming, and Merlyn must make preparations for the path ahead: a dangerous journey home and the battle that will see the boy become a king. Discover the most authentic telling of the Arthurian legend ever written

The Sorcerer Legends of Camelot 3 (Arthur the Hero - Book III)

The Sorcerer Legends of Camelot 3 (Arthur the Hero - Book III)

Author: Jack Whyte Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2013

A throne will be claimed Heroes will fall A destiny will be fulfilled Merlyn Britannicus returns to his home of Camelot to keep a sacred promise: to lead Arthur Pendragon to the throne. But between Merlyn and victory lie opponents who would destroy those that he loves the most. As friends and family face violent judgement, Merlyn transforms himself into the feared sorcerer of legend. Time is running out for Merlyn to unite a Britain divided by war and lust for power, and for him to turn Arthur from young hero into the High King of Britain. Discover the most authentic telling of the Arthurian legend ever written

Excalibur Legends of Camelot 1 (Arthur the Hero - Book I)

Excalibur Legends of Camelot 1 (Arthur the Hero - Book I)

Author: Jack Whyte Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2013

A hero is born A sword will choose him A sorcerer will save him The Roman Empire is in ruins. On a tiny boat in the Irish Sea float one man and a child, helpless after war has nearly destroyed their home, the colony called Camelot. That man is Merlyn Britannicus, cousin to the slain king Uther Pendragon. He would shed oceans of blood and sacrifice his life to defend the baby and royal heir: Arthur. With Camelot ripped apart by warring lords and assailed by violent tribes, Merlyn must use everything in his power to protect Arthur and return him to the land in which he'll become a hero. Discover the most authentic telling of the Arthurian legend ever written

Rebel The Bravehearts Chronicles

Rebel The Bravehearts Chronicles

Author: Jack Whyte Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/12/2011

A.D. 1305. An hour before dawn. London's Smithfield prison. In a dank cell, the outlaw William Wallace waits to be executed at first light. He is visited by a Scottish priest who has come to hear his last confession - the confession of a life even more exciting, violent and astonishing than the legend that survived. From internationally bestselling author Jack Whyte comes a story of brutal battles and high adventure, of heroism and redemption - the story of William Wallace as the world has never heard it before.

Order In Chaos

Order In Chaos

Author: Jack Whyte Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/11/2009

The third instalment of Jack Whyte's templar trilogy. The Order - a secret society of men from ancient, noble families, drawn together to safeguard the Christian Church's most precious secrets - has been decimated by a King's petulant will. Its members are being persecuted and most have been forced to flee for their lives as their leaders are burnt at the stake. But the Order's secrets must continue to be protected and hidden; so as their world falls apart, the dangerous task of smuggling the sacred treasure out from under the nose of a vengeful king falls to just a few brave men.

Standard of Honour

Standard of Honour

Author: Jack Whyte Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/03/2008

The story of the rise and fall of the powerful and mysterious Knights of the Temple: the Third Crusade under Richard the Lionheart. It is sixty years since the secret Brotherhood of Sion, founders of the Knights Templar, uncovered the treasure vouchsafed them beneath the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Now the ambitious and ruthless Plantagenet King Richard the Lionheart leads the Third Crusade against Saladin, and both the honour of the Templars and the mission of the Brotherhood are at risk. Andrew Sinclair is one of the few survivors of the Battle of Hattin in 1187. As a member of the clandestine Brotherhood he was taught Arabic before being sent to the Holy Land on a mission that neither the Order of Templars nor the leaders of the Pope's armies can know of. Sinclair's captivity following the battle led to his friendship with the infidel and threatened to divide his loyalty. One of the great secrets of the Brotherhood is that they are not Christians, unlike the Templars. Sinclair's cousin and fellow member of the Brotherhood, Sir Andre St Clair, arrives with Richard from Cyprus. The secret mission they must pursue will lead them into the desert and the lair of the fearsome Assassins. And meanwhile Saladin's clever tactics in battle, including the butchery of the magnificent destriers, the massive horses that carry armoured Frankish knights, bring reversals to the Christian cause from start of the Crusade. But it is Richard the Lionheart's treachery and deceit that convince both cousins that the Crusade is a sham, and that all men are venal and greedy, driven by the lust for power. Only their knowledge of the Order of Sion saves them from despair: their secret mission becomes more vital than ever before. This glorious epic tells the true and truly astonishing story of the Knights of the Black and White.

Jack Whyte: Forty Years in Canada A Memoir

Jack Whyte: Forty Years in Canada A Memoir

Author: Jack Whyte Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/10/2007

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