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by Nigel Tranter

eBook Envoy Extraordinary download ISBN: 034073924X
Author: Nigel Tranter
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (June 1, 2000)
Language: English
Pages: 328
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Category: Literature
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Nigel Tranter is a Scottish author who wrote many novels based on actual historical events and characters. This page includes those of his books set in Scotland from earliest times until the death of Alexander III in 1286. For other historical novels by Nigel Tranter see Historical novels by Nigel Tranter set between 1286 and 1603 or Historical novels by Nigel Tranter set after 1603. For other books by Nigel Tranter see here. First published in 1993 by Hodder & Stoughton.

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Yonder's the reason, master

Nigel Tranter The Courtesan Chapter One THE girl picked up the much creased and battered looking letter, smoothed out the folds, and began to read the dashing, sprawling handwriting. Yonder's the reason, master. Waiting for his envoy back from Spain, it was said, delayed by storms; waiting for the supposed Spanish invasion of England; waiting for the gold that Queen Elizabeth had hastily promised him for keeping her northern march secure and denying his ports to Spanish ships; waiting, Christ God, for anybody and everybody to make up his royal mind for him!

Envoy Extraordinary .

Nigel Tranter is always a delight to read - even this work written when the author was almost 90 years old. In it, we are taken back to the Scotland of Alexander II, where perils within and without the monarchy are threatening to destroy the kingdom's peace. There is a sequal of somewhat in Envoy Extrodinaire also by Nigel Tranter, this book takes off as Sword of State leaves you. Two great books I highly recommended them to any Scottish History lover.

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Patrick, Earl of Dunbar was not interested in warfare and matters of state, but these were troubled times. As the Norsemen and Vikings began to threaten trading links with Norway and the Baltic, Patrick and his shrewd and strong-minded wife summon all their ingenuity to protect Scotland.
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Another fine work of Tranter. This is the second of four books telling the story of the Cospatricks, head of the Earls of Dunbar and March. We see the events during the reign of Alexander III from another point of view. The previous Tranter books Crusader and True Thomas cover this period very well. The point of view this time is from Patrick, 7th Earl of Dunbar and March also known as Cospatrick. He follows in the footsteps of his father in supporting the Crown despite his own family's ancient claim to the throne. Beginning as a member of the Regency for a young Alexander III he travels far and wide to war and talk with the Lord of the Isles, Highlanders and Isle men alike, plus Vikings, the English and even to France to help find a new Queen. Patrick proves a true King's man being the voice and Envoy of Alexander III. Cospatrick's wife, Christian Bruce is not just his wife but best advisor as we the stage being set for the great competition for the crown and the rise Robert the Bruce. Not a shining star for Tranter but a good read none the less.
Nigel Tranter's historical novels are so many windows into Scotland's tragic history, ranging from the days of the Druids through the Middle Ages and the struggles for independence to our own time. Typically (the Robert the Bruce trilogy is a notable exception), he takes either a minor or even fictional character and makes him the lens through which the characters and deeds of the times are experienced.
ENVOY EXTRAORDINARY is no exception. Patrick, Earl of Dunbar and March, is made to serve as a mirror to the short reign of Alexander III (1249-1286) -- the last legitimate monarch before Edward I of England ("The Hammer of the Scots") asserted his claims over the realm, leading to the Wars of the Bruces and the short career of William Wallace. As such, a pall of doom hangs over the story as Alexander's reign winds to a close.
Things begin hopefully enough: Despite a long and troubled regency after the sudden death of his father in the Western Isles, Alexander asserts himself by winning a decisive victory over the Norse and their Hebridean allies at Largs (1264), after which Norway renounced all claims to the Hebrides: Never again would Viking raids be a major threat to the Scots. It is the growing aggressiveness of Edward I to the south that become ever more worrisome to the young monarch.
The anxiety finds a focus in the historical character of Thomas Learmonth, known as Thomas the Rhymer or True Thomas, whose prophecies of doom clouded Alexander's last days as he sees his hopes for maintaining his dynasty crumble before his accidental death from falling off a horse. Earl Patrick serves his monarch well to the end, and then sadly returns to his lands resolved to involve himself no longer as an envoy for the monarchy. In a brief epilogue, Tranter describes how the end of the dynasty led directly to the Wars of Independence.
While not the best of Tranter's work (the Bruce Trilogy takes that honor), ENVOY EXTRAORDINARY is a great read for those who, like me, prefer a large dollop of history with their fiction.
After a break of some years,I read Envoy Extraordinary and was swept right back into 13th century Scotland. While accepting the fact that probably only devotees of actual history (as opposed to historical fiction) will read this book, it's the absolute magic of Nigel Tranters writing that transports you back to those difficult and rather savage times. He can take a relatively minor figure of that era and cause the reader to view history in the making. Patrick, Earl of Dunbar and March, becomes one of the panel of regents to the child king,Alexander the 3rd and later, his special envoy to other kingdoms.This takes place at the very end of an era where,hereafter, rebellions and movements against the aggressions of Edward Plantagenet,king of England, and the covetous eyes of the Vikings and Norsemen who laid claim to Scotland, came into being.It's a great read for the history buff and for anyone with Scottish blood in their veins.
An interesting tale of Patrick, the 7th Earl of Dunbar, merchant and errand-man for Alexander III, King of Scots. The story follows Patrick's royal service to Scotland starting from the time of Alexander's ascension to the throne as a boy. Patrick is a skilled Scottish merchant-lord, who also puts his worldly knowledge and shipping resources to use as one of Alexander's most successful ambassadors. The story, and Patrick's service to Alexander, ends with the unlucky king's untimely and bizarre death, setting the stage for the period in Scotland's history so colorfully (if not completely accurately) portrayed in the movie "Braveheart".
Compared to its prequel, "Sword of State", this book has more the flavor of a novel due to better use of character dialogue. It's an easier read, with not quite as flat a coverage of the historical facts as was the prior book. But Tranter's masterpiece is still "The Bruce Trilogy", which has that "can't put it down" quality that this book doesn't quite manage.