Robert the Bruce

King of Scots

By James Robertson

Illustrator: Jill Calder

Format: Multiple Formats

Jill Calder's illustrations offer a fresh and vital perspective of this popular historical tale of The Bruce as told by James Robertson, one of Scotland's most significant modern writers. This graphic novel is to be published to coincide with the 700th anniversary of Battle of Bannockburn

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Birlinn Limited

Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

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In this exciting and visually stunning book, the most talented Scottish novelist of his generation teams up with Jill Calder, whose bold and colourful illustrations are a perfect complement to one of the most dramatic tales in Scottish history. In addition to the big set pieces from the Bruce story - not least of course the Battle of Bannockburn - and the other famous elements - such as the murder of the Red Comyn and Bruce and the spider - book is full of accurate historical detail and imaginative touches which offer a fresh and vital perspective on one of the great heroes of Scottish history.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 1 May 2014
SKU 9781780271835-grouped
Number of Pages 64

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Press Reviews

'A stunning new telling of the Robert the Bruce story' - Avocado Sweet 'A clever distillation of the key facts. Robertson cuts with ease through the complexity of the political manoeuvring that led to Bannockburn, boiling the story to its bones.' 'what makes this book so special is its extraordinary illustrations. Jill Calder's images are stunning, capturing the murkiness of 14th-century Scotland with a boldness, vigour and moodiness that manage to be both intensely modern and evocatively medieval' - Saturday Herald 'A gloriously illustrated picture-book version, with expertly concise text by one of Scotland's finest novelists' - The Herald 'A lively pictorial account of the drama. Bolstered by Jill Calder's vibrant illustrations, it is as much for older children as adults, but avoids over-simplifying the battle and the complex factors that led to it' - The Lady 'This unique book will enthral readers of all ages' - Scottish Field

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