A novel of 11th century Scotland. The story, set in the period 1018-57AD, relates the events through the experiences of the main characters, drawn into the violent conflicts and dynastic struggles of the historical figures of that time. Simple men of Alba; the name for Scotland in that age; they are the Albannaich of the title. Forced by circumstance to share the fate and fortunes of the High Kings. Malcolm11; hard and ruthless, with a vision of a strong, united Alba..His grandson, the ill-fated Duncan; a victim of his own arrogance and aggression..And Macbeth..sharing Malcolm's dream for Alba and forced to act against Duncan to preserve it.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.43" Height: 0.55" Weight: 0.66 lbs.
Release Date Mar 8, 2006
Publisher Grosvenor House Publishing Limited
ISBN 1905529074 ISBN13 9781905529070
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A Compelling 11th-Century Adventure Jun 22, 2006
This is a remarkable novel by James Penny. It has the grand, stark sweep of events set in picturesque and convulsive 11th century Scotland, told in details both historically and socially accurate. But what makes "Albannaich" ("Men of Alba") a true page-turner is not just its plot, although that is as swift-flowing as a Highlands stream and with the sudden clashes of the sea breaking on the Scottish coast. At every moment we genuinely care about the characters - the farm boys turned warriors, the seafaring traders, the lords and the retainers, and the women who love them and the children they bear. Wonderfully observant touches make people and moments leap to life, bespeaking Mr. Penny's skills as a storyteller. (One nobleman's features are "marred by a continual frown and a sulky look" and he speaks "in a belligerent tone, as if forever expecting someone to question his authority"; a high-spirited lass is teased by her future husband at their first meeting and as he turns away he "heard her giggle and a small stone caught him in the back"; the banners of lords who are reluctantly following an unpopular king into battle are seen "flapping sullenly in the slight breeze.") And this is a rare novel of the medieval world that will appeal to a broad readership: the battle scenes are graphically thrilling but not filled with gratuitous gore; the love scenes are touching but never coyingly sentimental. From its engaging opening to its intelligent and satisfying conclusion, "Albannaich" should find a wide readership. The inclusion of pages with character names and relationships, maps, and other user-friendly references is a further plus. Highly recommended.