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  1. Kenneth (Coronet Books)
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  2. Kenneth (Coronet Books)

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Norse-Slayer and nationbuilder, Kenneth, son of Alpin mac Eochaidh, King of Galloway, was the visionary who brought together the ancient kingdoms of Alba, Dalriada, Strathclyde and Galloway to create the country of Scotland in the ninth century. Yet his vision was wider still. He dreamed of a great coming together of all the Celtic people, Scots, Irish, Welsh, Cornish and Manx, united against the Norse and the Anglo-Saxon invaders. Fighting not only his country's enemies but also the fractious, obstinate wilfulness of his own people, his legacy was a nation, with it's own patron saint, the apostle Andrew, that would edure from the ninth century to the present day. 'Through his imaginative dialogue, he provides a voice for Scotland's heroes' Scotland on Sunday

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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
Nigel Tranter
Binding
Paperback
Brand
Brand: Hodder Stoughton Ltd
EAN
9780340566381
Feature
Used Book in Good Condition
ISBN
0340566388
Label
Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
Manufacturer
Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
MPN
9780340566381
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
356
PartNumber
9780340566381
PublicationDate
1994-01-06
Publisher
Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
SKU
VIB0340566388
Studio
Hodder & Stoughton Ltd
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Kenneth MacAlpine, Son of Alpine King of Dalriada, Prince of Galloway. At the risk of sounding arrogant, if you have dealt with any Scottish History, you had to have heard stories of this Hero of Scotland. I have heard stories that there was a battle between his Dalriada Kingdom of Scots and the 'Pictish' Kingdom of Alba. (Hey, I'm just re-telling the story as I heard it.) In this battle, Kenneth kills the King of Alba, and taking up the defeated sword, lays his sword across it, and begins to dance the Scottish Sword Dance. This is not history, but fanciful story. I also thought that Kenneth was a MacGregor, giving that Clan its Motto.
However, the story that you find in this telling of Scotland's first King, Kenneth, is none of this. In Nigel Tranter's book, "Kenneth," you find a warrior faced with a tenuous alliance, a segmented Celtic People, an uncertain Celtic Church, war with the Southern Saxons and raiding of the Norse Vikings. We meet Kenneth making... Read more
This was the second book by Nigel Tranter that I read (the first was The Wallace, which was also great). I could not put this historical novel down, and was disappointed when it ended, not with the end of Kenneth' s life, but with his becoming king of a united Pictland and Scotland. I wish that the author had continued the story!
Anyway, the book brings Kenneth Mac Alpin to life: his strengths, anxieties, and loves. He is a man with a vision--to unite the Celtic peoples of Alba (Pictland), Dalriada (Scotland), Strathclyde, Galloway, Wales, Man, and even Ireland--all under threats from Norsemen, Angles, and Saxons in the ninth century.
Even though the history from this period is murky, Tranter is very convincing, and in accord with most of the credible research, especially on the merger of the Picts and the Scots. It seems clear that Kenneth did not conquer the Picts, but became the king of a unified kingdom, which needed him because of internal strife and external... Read more
I've read about two dozen Nigel Tranter books and this is one of my very favorites!

I refuse to be a spoiler on this one! If ever you want to have a true foundation for understanding the history of the Scots, this is a must read!!! Here is the story of the sacred Stone of Scone, of the line from which all Kings and Queens of Scotland claim descent, and of the origins of Scotland as a nation.

It's been said that more Scots have learned their history from Nigel Tranter than from any other source. I can believe it! Historically speaking, this is the third book in Tranter's huge collection of stories of Scotland. "Druid Sacrifice" is set in the years 517-544, "Columba" in 563-597, and "Kenneth" in 839-858. The characters in these books and the parts they play in shaping the culture, traditions, and history of Scotland can't be overstated.

This is a great story and a compelling read. It won't disappoint!
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