(An up-to-date biography of Alexander III, 1249-1286, high...)
An up-to-date biography of Alexander III, 1249-1286, highlighting in particular his achievements and success in establishing a strong and independent Scottish nation. Detailed and clearly written, with a useful set of appendices adding clarity to dating sequences and inventories.
Marion Campbell’s works of fiction distinguish themselves primarily through their intense attention to detail. Young Hugh, for example, is set in the thirteenth century. The book follows the exploits of a fourteen-year-old Scottish boy who is sent by his father to travel for a year with Arne, a Scandinavian trader. The father hopes this year will toughen his son Hugh for his future role as a knight. Over the course of his year at sea, Hugh becomes enmeshed in a dispute between Arne’s son and stepson, Bjorn and Ljulf.
This trend continued in Campbell’s The Dark Twin, set in the fifth century, B.C., Scotland. The narrator, Drost, tells the story of his childhood as the chosen companion to the prince of his kingdom, raised by his side to assist the future king in ruling his realm.
While creative, it is not the plot that makes the book remarkable. Instead, Campbell continuously holds the attention of her readers through descriptions of life and people in Bronze Age Scotland. As Barbara Bannon noted in a Publishers Weekly review, “Her book is an evocative and dreamlike tale of Celtic culture.”
(An up-to-date biography of Alexander III, 1249-1286, high...)1999
Campbell was a member of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and the Society of Authors.