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Crusader: The Turbulant Story of the Child King Alexander III of Scotland and His One True Supporter Paperback – December 1, 1992

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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (December 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340579277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340579275
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,557,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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He has an amazingly broad grip of Scottish history Daily Telegraph One of Scotland's most prolific and respected writers The Times An accomplished writer of compelling and unforgettable historical novels She magazine Through his imaginative dialogue, he provides a voice for Scotland's heroes Scotland on Sunday Tranter's popularity lies in his knack of making historical events immediate and exciting Historical Novels Review An informative, entertaining read Daily Examiner He treats history with respect Financial Times

About the Author

One of Scotland's best-loved authors, Nigel Tranter wrote over ninety novels on Scottish history. He died at the age of ninety on 9 January 2000.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shawn Marchinek on April 25, 2006
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I am a huge fan of Tranter and this book was a two day read for me. I never wanted to put it down. I had to keep finding an excuse to keep reading. Crusader is about David de Lindsay, a Lord of small standing who ends up in high places. Catching the eye of the young Prince Alexander shortly before the King's death, David becomes a Pseudo father figure and mentor to the young King Alexander III. Trying to steer clear of the politics and turmoil of the Regents, David falls in love with Alexander's illegitimate sister. Alexander III proves to be a lively child and we see him grow from 8 to his majority and subsequent assumption of the realm at 19. All this through David's eyes and by his guiding hands. David de Lindsay becomes royal cup Bearer, Knight, Chamberlain and ultimately becomes Alexander's Regent and is present in much of the negotiations and trials with Alexander's Father-in-Law, King Henry III of England and the issue of English paramountcy over Scotland. A great story with insight to the early factions and rivalries of government between the Bruce/Durward and Comyn factions. All pre-cursor to the wars of independence and rise of Robert the Bruce to the throne. An easy and action packed book which leaves you looking for the next book.
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This is an interesting piece of fiction about a little-known cast of historical characters in medieval Scotland. Why it is entitled "Crusader" I just don't get as the crusades are only mentioned as something far away and in the future for most of the book. A little plodding on detail and cast of political characters, but an absorbing look into another side (besides England's) of Great Britain's monarchial history.
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