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  • Hodder & Stoughton

Tapestry of the Boar

Nigel Tranter

7 Reviews

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Fiction, Historical adventure, Historical romance

Action, chivalry and romance in the 12th century: the story of Hugh de Swinton and his thrilling life that encompassed fighting, farming and the foundation of Scotland's first hospital.

During the reign of Malcolm IV, King of the Scots, Hugh de Swinton and his fellow mosstroopers helped keep the rampaging Galloway rebels at bay. But it was for his expertise in the killing of wild boars, as protector of the Swintons' sheep flocks, that young Hugh was brought to Malcolm's attention.
But Malcolm was a pious man much concerned with the well-being of his people. And he handpicked Hugh de Swinton to mastermind a very special project close to his heart: to establish Scotland's first real hospital for the sick and poor, at Soutra in Lauderdale.

'Through his imaginative dialogue, he provides a voice for Scotland's heroes' Scotland on Sunday

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Praise for Tapestry of the Boar

  • He has an amazingly broad grip of Scottish history - Daily Telegraph

  • One of Scotland's most prolific and respected writers - The Times

  • An accomplished writer of compelling and unforgettable historical novels - She magazine

  • Through his imaginative dialogue, he provides a voice for Scotland's heroes - Scotland on Sunday

  • Tranter's popularity lies in his knack of making historical events immediate and exciting - Historical Novels Review

  • An informative, entertaining read - Daily Examiner

  • He treats history with respect - Financial Times

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Nigel Tranter

One of Scotland's best-loved authors, Nigel Tranter wrote over ninety novels on Scottish history. He died at the age of ninety on 9 January 2000.

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