The Hammer of the Scots : (Plantagenet Saga), Paperback Book

The Hammer of the Scots : (Plantagenet Saga) Paperback

Part of the Plantagenet Saga series

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The news of Henry III's death reached his son Edward on the long road home from the Holy Land.

Now he was England's king and a man fit for his destiny.

Through all the years of his reign, through stark personal tragedy and chill forebodings as his son grew into a weak, corrupted price, Edward I strove to weld a nation united from England, Scotland and Wales.

When the mighty Wallace raised the Scots in arms and the Welsh Llewellyn strove for power, Edward stood firm to his resolve, still knowing in his heart how much would be lost when his crown passed down to his dissolute son...

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Jean Plaidy does a great job introducing factual details into a novel, but as a reader of history, this book is too simplistic. While his family life may well have been fine (and there is really not much written about this so it is mainly conjecture) his treatment of the Scots was deplorable - hence the name "Hammer of the Scots". I remember reading Jean's novels as a 20 year old and being totally enthralled, but in my sixties and with a great deal more reading under my belt, I can only say that these novels are a great intro to history, but are often sanitised.

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