King Hereafter

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M. Joseph, 1982 - Scotland - 721 pages
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"This compelling novel chronicles the life of this young and brilliant king, who was killed before he was fifty, and his wife Groa, who came to him as a war prize and remained by his side to the end. Peeling away a thousand years of legend to uncover the historical figure of Macbeth, Dorothy Dunnett takes her readers back to the start of the last millennium, the eleventh century, with its battles and its poetry; its splendid courts and its wild, untouched landscapes; its bloodshed and cruelty; its love and its comedies." "But behind it all is the theme of the book made more poignant by the Shakespeare quotation of the title: no matter how man may strive, the warring, deceiving voices of history will cheat him in the end."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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There were some parts of this I liked, but it felt about four hundred pages too long. I got sick of it after a while and had a hard time recovering. Read full review

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Meticulously detailed and researched, full of the shifting allegiances of the times, and occasionally difficult to keep track of; this history of Thorfinn/Macbeth was absorbing... But Macbeth is a ... Read full review

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Dorothy Dunnett was born in August 25, 1923 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. She attended Gillespie's High School for Girls with novelist Muriel Spark. After graduation she attended Edinburgh College of Art, and transferred, upon her marriage, to Glasgow School of Art. From 1940-1955, she worked for the Civil Service as a press officer. Dunnett started writing in the late 1950s. Her first novel, The Game of Kings, was published in the United States in 1961, and in the United Kingdom the year after. She published 22 books in total, including the six-part Lymond Chronicles and the eight-part Niccolo Series, and co-authored another volume with her husband. Dunnett was also an accomplished professional portrait painter, and exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy. Dunnet also was a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Library of Scotland, a Trustee of the Scottish National War Memorial, and Director of the Edinburgh Book Festival. She served on numerous cultural committees, and was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 1992 she was awarded the Office of the British Empire for services to literature. She was also a non-Executive Director of Scottish Television. She died on November 9, 2001, at the age of 78.

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