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Tales And Traditions of Scottish Castles [Paperback]

Nigel G. Tranter
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Book Description

November 30, 2005
Nigel Tranter's gift for bringing Scottish history to life is demonstrated in this lively book which details 45 of the nation's castles with associated tales and traditions. With a broad geographical spread, Tranter breathes life into many of Scotland's gaunt and shadowy ruins with a lively mix of anecdote, fact, myth and legend. It is an essential holiday companion when visiting Scotland.

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About the Author

Until his death in January 2000, Nigel Tranter was one of Scotland's most prolific author and specialised in Scottish historical fiction with over 100 novels written.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Neil Wilson Pub Ltd; 2 edition (November 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897784139
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897784136
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,328,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tales and story from Grandpa Tranter January 28, 2008
I absolutely loved this book. It was fresh and light, yet full of spice and all things of Scotland. Nigel Tranter takes different castles from all over Scotland and gives us a little sketch of the castle for one to visualize then some history and a tale or two about some of its owners or stories. A few are more commonly known but many were not. And the stories were amazing. Very Tranter but fact not fiction. Each chapter on each castle is a little story completely separate from the next. It makes you feel like you are sitting on your Grandfather's lap and hearing stories of old Scotland and the people who made it great.

I read this book twice and completely loved it. You can read it in bits as you need a little story or like I did from cover to cover in one night because I enjoyed it so. Nigel Tranter gave us so many gifts in his historical novels and this is another fine addition to his legacy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New stories to me.... July 10, 2009
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I've read dozens of ghost books, even about Scotland; I've seen many programs on ghosts and castles (including the trilogy Prince Charles's brother produced several years ago on England, Ireland, Scotland). Yet, few of these stories were known to me when this arrived. I found it very informative. Pictures of many of these castles are included only as drawings, but photos are easily available on the Internet.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting histories! June 25, 2007
This book has short tales of the many Castles in Scotland - great little gossipy historic tales. The language used and the method of writing were different than I'm used to, it took a few tales to get aquainted with it, but was I did, I very much enjoyed the book. Certainly worth a read if you are headed for a visit!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta go visit! September 2, 2013
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My husband's family is from Scotland so I thought this would be a fun book for us to enjoy. I started reading it and I know it will inspire us both to go and visit family there someday.
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