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    • Publication date:19 Jun 2014
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Kingdom

Robert The Bruce, Insurrection Trilogy Book 3

By Robyn Young

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Where Game of Thrones sets kingdoms at war within a fantasy world, the Insurrection trilogy is based on the breath-taking true story of Robert the Bruce's battle to become king.

First published on the 700th anniversary of the pivotal event in Scottish history, the epic story of Robert Bruce comes to a climax at the Battle of Bannockburn.

Robert has achieved his great ambition to be crowned King of Scotland, but in doing so has provoked the wrath of the new king of England, Edward II. Raising the feared dragon banner, Edward marches north, determined to recapture the kingdom.

But the English are not Robert's only enemies, and he is forced to flee after murdering his great rival John Comyn, splitting the kingdom apart. Robert has a crown, but no country, the will to lead, but no real authority.

Fighting from hidden strongholds and the Western Isles, with the support of a few brave men and the alluring noblewoman, Christiana, Robert drives towards Bannockburn where an epic confrontation with Edward will decide the future of Scotland.

Biographical Notes

Robyn Young's first novel, BRETHREN, went straight into the Sunday Times top ten, becoming the bestselling hardback debut of the year. In 2007, she was named one of Waterstones's twenty-five 'authors of the future'. The inspiration for Robyn's new bestselling trilogy, which began in 2010 with INSURRECTION, was a research trip to Scotland and is based on the life of Robert Bruce. Her novels have been published in 22 countries in 19 languages and have sold almost 2 million copies.

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  • ISBN: 9780340963708
  • Publication date: 19 Jun 2014
  • Page count: 496
  • Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
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
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Éric Giacometti, Jacques Ravenne
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Brenda Davies
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Brenda Davies

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Pierce Brown
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Guy Gavriel Kay
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Niklas Natt och Dag
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Annabel Abbs
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Robyn Young
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Paula Gooder
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