Nigel Tranter was born in Glasgow on the 23rd of November 1909, and died on the 9th of January 2000, aged 90 years.
He was a prodigious writer, and through the course of his career, (1935-6 to around 2000) he wrote over 140 books.
In 1933 he married Mary Jean Campbell Grieve, who gave birth to two children, Frances May and Philip.
He was most widely known for his Scottish Historical Fiction, but he wrote other things also such as factual books about Scotland and the Scots, novels set in Scotland, and a series of books for children.
As time progressed, his writing became more and more based on the actual facts, until entire novels were based on solid fact.
Having read a few of his books, I would have to say that his command of literature is amazing to read, and educational as well.
Some of his books are:
- The Wallace
- Mail Royal
- The Patriot
- Black Douglas
- The Wisest Fool
- Lord of The Isles
- Unicorn Rampant
- Price of a Princess
Written by Nigel Tranter, The Wallace is a book on the life of William Wallace. It follows his life so closely that one encounters a difficulty of believing all of the details that are described. I have enjoyed this book immensely, because it makes learning history extremely fun!
This is an unforgettable and unputdownable book, but I will say a word of caution, it gets into a bit of detail around fighting and such things. I would recommend this book to people around 15 and older, and definitely not for people under this age.
There is little, if any mention of William’s childhood mentioned in this book, as it mainly concentrates on his conquests and his adult life. The book goes into detail about how he captured certain castles, what tricks he pulled to get inside, and what he did once he captured them.
Again, I would strongly suggest that this book be read only by mature audiences.