Sisters of the Bruce, 1292-1314

Sisters of the Bruce, 1292-1314 By J.M. Harvey, Sisters of the Bruce Set against the wild and perilous background of Scotland in the late th century the adventurous lives of Robert the Bruce s five sisters come to life through their own words in a series of letters
  • Title: Sisters of the Bruce, 1292-1314
  • Author: J.M. Harvey
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  • Sisters of the Bruce, 1292-1314 By J.M. Harvey, Set against the wild and perilous background of Scotland in the late 13th century, the adventurous lives of Robert the Bruce s five sisters come to life through their own words in a series of letters Courage and tenacity are often associated with Scotland s great hero, but few appreciate the enormous challenges experienced by these remarkable sisters Their intimate accouSet against the wild and perilous background of Scotland in the late 13th century, the adventurous lives of Robert the Bruce s five sisters come to life through their own words in a series of letters Courage and tenacity are often associated with Scotland s great hero, but few appreciate the enormous challenges experienced by these remarkable sisters Their intimate account of family life resonates still with love, loss and hope Isa leaves home to sail to the land of the Vikings to become Queen of Norway whilst her sister, Kirsty, finds herself Countess of Mar and chatelaine of the great Kildrummy Castle in Scotland s far northeast Danger looms and the younger sisters, Mathilda and Margaret, escape to Orkney with Kirsty s children As Scotland spirals into war, Robert s sisters face the wrath of King Edward of England, whose vengeance wrought the brutal death of William Wallace Kirsty is incarcerated alone in an English nunnery, whilst Mary endures years of misery within a cage hanging from the walls of Roxburgh Castle Under Robert s kingship, old wounds heal and Scotland s fighting force achieves a resounding victory at the Battle of Bannockburn Only then are the fragile, traumatised women released, through the ransoming of English nobles, to return home to rebuild their shattered lives Sisters of The Bruce is a captivating work of fiction that weaves family history with a gripping narrative through the social and political landscape of medieval Scotland, Norway and Orkney J M Harvey has been inspired by Sharon Penman, Elizabeth Chadwick and Sigrud Undset.
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    1. Find this and other reviews at flashlightcommentary.Despite my intense interest in the subject matter, J.M Harvey s Sisters of the Bruce didn t work for me The content had potential, but the style and mechanics of the narrative were so awkward and unpolished that I found it impossible to enjoy the time I spent reading the book.In looking at my notes, I think my difficulties stem from Harvey having bitten off than she could chew The language prose is tedious and dry, the overall tone left me ind [...]



    2. Sisters of the Bruce recounts history through the eyes of Robert the Bruce s sisters as told through letters they sent among each other recounting their own personal experiences It is evident the author has done a great deal of research into the era and working hard at getting the timeline of events as accurately as possible The story is powerful and gave me a very strong feel for the desperation and perils of war as experienced by the people It was an era of hardship and misery and this was cle [...]


    3. I move between history and historical fiction frequently in my reading, which leads me to think about the difference between the two Obviously, history is history and fiction is fiction but the two aren t so neatly separate Good writers of history at least of history for popular audiences work to achieve the flow and engagement we associate with novels, and good historical novelists research carefully to get their facts straight.Reading history can be like pondering a map we see the outline of a [...]


    4. I love good historical fiction, and I love this book I tremendously enjoyed that most of the story was told through the correspondence of the sisters of Robert the Bruce Although my grandfather was genealogist of the family, and now his namesake and a cousin have taken on the mantle, I know little of the history of Scotland One would think with all I ve been privy to growing up, that I would have absorbed at least some of it I did not even know that I am a distant relation to Robert the Bruce un [...]


    5. historicalreadingsReceived free review copy from publisher via NetGalley.Robert the Bruce was King of Scots and a key figure in the Wars of Scottish Independence against the English and as such, he plays a major role in several novels This book attracted my attention because it s the first novel I ve seen devoted to the women of the Bruce family, initially the two eldest sisters of Robert, Isabel and Christina or Isa and Kirsty as they are called in this novel A large portion of it is told throu [...]


    6. Historical fiction or History with fictionalized human perspectives I had just finished watching the episode of A History of Scotland that referenced Robert the Bruce and the hardships his family suffered at the hand of the British host When I had an opportunity to read the ARC of this novel, I couldn t resist As a result of The Bruce and his men killing John Comyn 1306 , Edward I, called for the Raising of the Dragon Which meant that no quarter would be given to The Bruce supporters, including [...]


    7. Ok, I have finished the book and revised my earlier in progress rating of it I have given it 4 stars because I did find the first half of the book extremely difficult to get through The book is presented in such a way that much of it is in the form of letters written back and forth between the family, especially true for the first half of the book To me, those letters in the first half felt forced and did not flow so well as in the second half of the book It s my thought that too much factual in [...]


    8. The author told the tale of the Bruce women and Robert Bruce s fight to be king of Scotland by using various writing devices letters, narration with mixed results There was much information covered in the book and the author told the story from several points of view, but predominantly from that of Isa and Kristy This became difficult when Kristy was imprisoned and the author then included fictional letters from other family members Much of the daily life experiences of the time were included i [...]


    9. Set in late thirteenth century Scotland, during the tumultuous time in history when the charismatic Bruce family played an important role in the rich tapestry of Scottish history, this story had so much potential However, it was altogether lacking in political punch and I felt that the story meandered too much around inconsequential chit chat, in the form of correspondence, between the sisters In effect, what was needed was a livelier rendition of this troubled historical period, which never act [...]


    10. Having been spoiled by Sharon Kay Penman and Margaret George, I am always looking for great historical fiction well researched, era appropriate motivation, rich characterizations I picked this up How could it go wrong The material is rife with possibilities, since the sisters of Robert the Bruce included Isabelle, Dowager Queen of Norway, two Matilda and Margaret who hid in exile in Orkney, Christian imprisoned in a convent and Mary, suspended in a cage from the walls of a castle on the orders o [...]


    11. This historical fiction novel is told through letters between siblings Isa and Kirsty with an occasional letter from brother Robert thrown in for the first part of the book The latter part is third person narrative Although the author obviously did great research and all the details are there it just didn t pop for me Written as a historical fiction, it read like a historical non fiction as it just didn t have the novel feel about I couldn t get invested in the characters or the storyline It wa [...]


    12. Over and over and over again in my reviews over the last several years I ve found myself having to talk about using a gimmick to sell a book That gimmick could be anything from touching on curiosity that a reader might have on seeing things from a villains point of view to exploiting some sort of disability in an effort to sell the book J.M Harvey has added yet another gimmick to my list of things to dislike that of putting a story where there isn t a story in order to tell a completely differen [...]


    13. Sisters of the Bruce recounts history through the eyes of Robert the Bruce s sisters as told through letters they sent among each other recounting their own personal experiences It is evident the author has done a great deal of research into the era and working hard at getting the timeline of events as accurately as possible The story is powerful and gave me a very strong feel for the desperation and perils of war as experienced by the people It was an era of hardship and misery and this was cle [...]


    14. DNF I so wanted to like this Terrific idea, but the writing styleooph I could barely make it through 40 pages no way am I willing to slog through 400 There s too many characters on the canvas for none of them to have a unique voice They all sound exactly the same.



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