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Kingdom by Robyn Young
  

Kingdom

Part of the Insurrection Trilogy Series
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Fans of Robyn Young will know of her superb research for this is the concluding volume of an epic trilogy of Robert the Bruce, so the first half of the book concentrates on Robert running for his life in the face of the brutal English and uncontrollable Scottish clans (no spider I’m afraid!). The second half, when Robert gets his support and advances, is in quite a different gear. We now have great battle scenes, Robert having to manage his brother’s excesses, his own affair, his wife’s affair, chaos in the English court and the eventual battle of Bannockburn. All thrilling stuff. Pretty topical in the referendum year!

If you like Robyn Young you might also like to read books by M.C. Scott, Sharon K. Penman and Richard Denham.

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Reader Reviews

Some of the members of the Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review the first title in this series, Insurrection. You can read their reviews below.

  • Linda Amos - 'I didn’t want to put it down.  The research is spot-on.  The writing throughout is excellent. I have read the book twice... and I cannot wait to read the other books in the series.' Read full review >
  • Elisabeth Thomas - 'This book is historical fiction at its best. The battle scenes are so realistic you can smell the spilt blood and it feels like that you are actually there the descriptions are so vivid!' Read full review >
  • Sarah Musk - 'A vivid, incredibly exciting book about a very turbulent time in Scotland's history.  Robyn Young is a truly talented historical writer!' Read full review >
  • Cathy Petersen - 'Terrific tale of a Scotland in turmoil and a young Robert the Bruce who must decide his destiny. I absolutely loved this!' Read full review >
  • Helen Skinner - 'A fascinating, atmospheric tale...I absolutely loved this book and I'm looking forward to reading the other two in the trilogy.' Read full review >
  • Les Warriner - 'An excellent and enthralling tale of the struggle for Scottish independence in the 13th century...History was never this interesting at school.' Read full review >
  • Maggie Crane - 'This book was a delight to read, bringing the Events in Scotland concerning William Wallace and Robert the Bruce to life...' Read full review >
  • Janet Gilliard - 'It is the first novel in a trilogy and will leave you wanting to read the other 2. Fact and fiction are skilfully woven together , with a quest thrown in for good measure.' Read full review >
  • Sue Broom - 'The action is relentless.  Really enjoyed it and looking forward to laying my hands on the second and third books in the series - maybe the spider will make an appearance...' Read full review >
  • Sarah Harper - 'This is an exceptionally well written story and an enjoyable way to learn some of Scotland’s rich history.' Read full review >
  • Susan Wallace - 'I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and I’m not a big fan of historical fiction....  I will certainly go on to read the others in the trilogy.' Read full review >
  • Glenda Worth - 'Insurrection - a long book with a lot of historical facts to remember. I struggled to read this book and found it difficult going.'  Read full review >

Synopsis

Kingdom by Robyn Young

Robert has achieved his great ambition to be crowned King of Scotland, but in so doing has provoked the wrath of Edward of England. Raising the feared dragon banner, the English king marches north, determined to recapture the kingdom. But the English are not Robert's only enemies. By murdering his great rival, John Comyn, he has split the kingdom apart and with his forces depleted and many of his own countrymen turned against him, Robert is forced to flee into the wilderness. He has a crown, but no country, the will to lead, but no real authority. The road before him is all but impossible, with treachery and heartbreak at every turn, but Robert must try slowly, surely, to regain the military advantage and the respect of a nation. Fighting from hidden strongholds and the Western Isles, with the support of a few brave men and the alluring noblewoman, Christiana, Robert drives towards the place where he will meet Edward II and decide the future of Scotland, in an epic confrontation near the village of Bannockburn.

Reviews

With Robyn Young's meticulously researched Kingdom one suspects this might be more faithful to the records than many a supposedly factual account ... This is not fiction for the fainthearted. It teems with characters and the intricacies of the feuding, treacherous English court and Scottish nobility ... It is compelling, the author's devotion to her subject making the story blaze with passion. As one closes this book it is hard to believe these players have been dust for 700 years or more. Herald Scotland This trilogy is an excellent read. Young follows the manifestations of Bruce's struggle for power down to the most minute detail, culminating in glory and victory. Scots Magazine


About the Author

Robyn Young

Robyn Young was born in Oxford and grew up in the Midlands and Devon. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Sussex and lives and writes in Brighton full-time. Her first novel, Brethren, was the bestselling hardback debut novel of 2006, with the paperback also going straight into the top ten bestseller list. Two more bestsellers followed, Crusade and Requiem, completing the Brethren trilogy, which has now sold over a million copies and been translated into nineteen languages.

The inspiration for Robyn's new trilogy, which began with Insurrection and continues in Renegade, grew out of an earlier research trip to Scotland. Robyn explains: 'Day by day, out of the pages of history and the wild landscape, one figure came striding, larger, clearer than all the others - Robert the Bruce. He swept me off my feet and carried me into a story of bitter family feuds, two civil wars and the struggle for the crown. I realised there was no way this character could play a cameo role in another man's story. His tale was too powerful, too intricate and too good to be cut down and boxed to fit.'

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Publication date

19th June 2014

Author

Robyn Young

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Publisher

Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Hardback
496 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9780340963708

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