The Forest Laird

The Forest Laird

A Tale of William Wallace

Book - 2012
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In the pre-dawn hours of August 24th, 1305, in London's Smithfield Prison, the outlaw William Wallace--hero of all the Scots and deadly enemy of King Edward of England--sits awaiting the dawn, when he is to be hanged and then drawn and quartered. This brutal sundering of his body is the revenge of the English. Wallace is visited by a Scottish priest who has come to hear his last confession, a priest who knows Wallace like a brother. Wallace's confession--the tale that follows--is all the more remarkable because it comes from real life.

We follow Wallace through his many lives--as outlaw and fugitive, hero and patriot, rebel and kingmaker. His exploits and escapades, desperate struggles and victorious campaigns are all here, as are the high ideals and fierce patriotism that drove him to abandon the people he loved to save his country.

William Wallace is the first heroic figure from the Scottish Wars of Independence, a man whose fame has reached far beyond his homeland. Wallace served as a subject for the Academy Award-winning film Braveheart . In The Forest Laird , Jack Whyte's masterful storytelling breathes life into Wallace's tale, giving readers an amazing character study of the man who helped shape Scotland's future.

Publisher: New York : Forge, 2012.
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780765331564
Branch Call Number: WHYTE J
Characteristics: xxiii, 483 pages ; 25 cm.


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Feb 08, 2016

Canadian author Jack Whyte’s ‘The Forest Laird’ - A Tale of William Wallace, The Guardian Series Book 1, was a very detailed and interesting Historical Fiction about one of Scotland’s best known, loved, and greatest heroes. Wallace’s story is told through the eyes of his cousin Jamie Wallace a priest. It starts from prison as he awaits execution and flashes back to his childhood until he truly took on the role of Scotland’s national leader. This story is considerably different than that of Scotland’s master story teller Nigel Tranter who also wrote a book ‘The Wallace.’ Book 2 in the series is on ‘Robert the Bruce’ and the third is about ‘The Black Douglas.’ Tranter also wrote of these Scottish heroes. While not as exciting as Tranter’s book, this book is interesting and enjoyable. Senior Doctor-at-Bass! D. A.

Aug 05, 2014

Whyte again brings life to historical figures who are almost legendary, this time in Scotland at the end of the 13th century. His account of the the early life of William Wallace is well researched, and Whyte develops his characters and provides exciting details to create an engrossing storyline. Two more historical novels follow this one in Whyte's "Guardians" series.

Aug 01, 2014

Like the book that got Galileo excommunicated, this is a novel wherein ideas are discussed, purportedly as a work of fiction, but actual documentary historical ideas are introduced. The characters discuss in detail the Feudal System, what it was, and why at this particular time it had started to break down.
Like a skillful storyteller, the author presents these ideas to a readership who would start to get zombie-like stares if they had to read actual historical analysis.
It's an excellent read, and a book I'd recommend for doing research in high-school on the Feudal System.

Oct 20, 2012

Anyone who knows this author's work can attest to the skill he utilizes to captivate his audience and this book is no different. It is a take to the prequel of Braveheart with a few interesting differences thrown in. The development of William Wallace is very clearly seen and you see a very complex man grow from a confused and scarred child. It is also interesting to see how Jamie develops in a completely opposite way after a similar background. Whyte has once again produced a very captivating read from old English history.

Apr 23, 2012

Story of early years of William Wallace prior to the start of the movie Braveheart.


Mar 11, 2012

excellent reading! I was difficult to put down the book. A great tale.

Feb 07, 2011

I really enjoyed the storytelling aspect of this book. It was enjoyable to read and very interesting.

Dec 18, 2010

A wonderful boo, as usual, written in Whyte/s very precise prose, a much more human narration of the life of William Wallace than is usual.

Dec 13, 2010

Well researched & told, this is the story of William Wallace as seen through the eyes of his cousin Jamie. Wallace is portrayed as an intelligent but simple man who was both a warrior & a pawn. A man who inspired thousands to folllow him & was ultimately used & betrayed by some of his own.
It doesn't matter that we already know how it ended. Whyte gives us a portrait of a man of integrity & bravery who might have lived a quiet, simple life if circumstances around him had been different.
It's a rousing, epic & heartbreaking story that will have us waiting for the next instalment.


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