Son secret peut le détruire ou sceller son accession à la plus haute marche du pouvoir.
1483, Angleterre : la guerre des Deux-Roses s'achève, mais le royaume reste fragile et divisé. Lorsque le roi Edward IV meurt subitement, les anciennes rivalités se ravivent et une lutte
impitoyable s'engage pour arracher le pouvoir suprême. Conscient du danger que court la couronne, Thomas Vaughan, l'ancien chambellan du roi, rappelle Jack Wynter, son fils illégitime
- exilé en Espagne -, afin qu'il le soutienne dans son combat pour maintenir l'autorité royale.
Or, le retour de Jack n'est pas vu d'un bon oeil par les rivaux de la cour, ni par son demi-frère Harry qui rumine amèrement la préférence de leur père pour ce fils bâtard. Car Jack n'est pas seulement appelé pour sauver le royaume, il conserve aussi un trésor qui pourrait changer l'avenir du pays et que son père lui a demandé de garder même au prix de sa vie...
Mais le destin en a décidé autrement. Au coeur de ces guerres intestines, un jeune écuyer va s'élever pour défier le plus grand roi d'Angleterre. Son nom est Robert Bruce. Et son histoire commence dansInsurrection.
Alors que son destin semblait scellé, un ultime affront pourrait le faire disparaître pour toujours...
Lord d'Annandale comme son fils ont échoué à s'emparer du trône d'Écosse. C'est désormais au jeune Robert Bruce de porter les aspirations de sa lignée.
À la Saint-André, Jean de Balliol s'assiéra sur la Pierre du Destin et sera sacré roi. En jurant allégeance à Édouard d'Angleterre, il a gagné la couronne, mais précipité le destin de son royaume. De longues années de guerre attendent le peuple Scot.
En 1304, les nobles écossais se sont soumis, Édouard règne désormais sur l'Angleterre et l'Écosse. Mais pour le peuple, l'Anglais reste l'ennemi et la rébellion sourd dans ses veines. Un roi rebelle vient d'être couronné : Robert Bruce a repris le flambeau de la contestation brandi par William Wallace. Il est le Gardien du Royaume d'Écosse et va se battre pour l'indépendance et la liberté.
Après avoir vaincu et tué Richard III, Henry Tudor devient roi d'Angleterre sur le champ de bataille. À la cour flamboyante des Médicis à Florence, Laurent le Magnifique, souverain de la République et chef de la mystérieuse Académie, est engagé dans une dangereuse lutte de pouvoir avec le Vatican. En Espagne, les Rois Catholiques, Isabella et Ferdinand, ont déclaré une croisade contre l'islam. L'Europe est au bord de la guerre, au bord d'une découverte qui va tout changer.
Jack Wynter a perdu tout espoir de dépasser son statut de fils illégitime suite à l'exécution de son père par Richard III. Déclaré hors la loi par Henry Tudor, il ne lui reste plus qu'un seul but : trouver l'homme qui peut l'aider à comprendre le passé pour envisager l'avenir, Laurent. Mais ce dernier est désormais sous la menace de la puissance montante de la ville connue sous le nom de : Cour des Loups.
Édouard Ier, roi d'Angleterre, est prêt à tout pour conquérir l'Écosse. Sa campagne pour unir les îles britanniques sous une seule et même couronne, largement inspirée par une prophétie arthurienne, est d'ores et déjà engagée avec la soumission du Pays de Galles. Désormais, il doit mettre la main sur le groupe religieux de Saint Malachie, symbole de la nation irlandaise, afin de parachever son dessein implacable. Un seul homme peut contrarier ses plans : Robert Bruce. Il a quitté son village terrassé par la guerre pour regagner l'Irlande et souhaite lui aussi trouver les hommes de Saint Malachie pour les éloigner d'Édouard Ier. Du sang royal coule dans ses veines et il entend bien accomplir sa destinée et accéder ainsi au trône d'Écosse. Pour cela, Robert Bruce va devoir faire face à un jeu de conquête, de pouvoir et de trahison qui l'obligera à abandonner ce qu'il a de plus cher. Il s'est toujours préparé à mourir sur un champ de bataille, mais il se demande à présent ce qu'il va encore devoir sacrifier pour garder espoir...
On the 700th anniversary of a pivotal event in Scottish history comes the conclusion of Robyn Young's epic trilogy about Robert the Bruce, one of history's greatest rebels.
Robert has achieved his great ambition to be crowned King of Scotland, but in so doing has provoked the wrath of Edward of England. Raising the feared dragon banner, the English king marches north, determined to recapture the kingdom.
But the English are not Robert's only enemies. By murdering his great rival, John Comyn, he has split the kingdom apart and with his forces depleted and many of his own countrymen turned against him, Robert is forced to flee into the wilderness. He has a crown, but no country, the will to lead, but no real authority.
The road before him is all but impossible, with treachery and heartbreak at every turn, but Robert must try slowly, surely, to regain the military advantage and the respect of a nation.
Fighting from hidden strongholds and the Western Isles, with the support of a few brave men and the alluring noblewoman, Christiana, Robert drives towards the place where he will meet Edward II and decide the future of Scotland, in an epic confrontation near the village of Bannockburn.
BORN TO A LINE OF KINGS HE WILL NOT BOW TO A CONQUEROR King Edward of England marches on Scotland like an avenging tide. One man alone can thwart his ambition to rule all of Britain. Robert Bruce's veins run with the blood of kings, and he burns to fulfil his family's claim to the throne of Scotland.
But on the run through the wilds of Ireland, hunted by a relentless assassin, Robert seems a long way from achieving his destiny. And there are other eyes on Scotland's crown, and old enemies gather against him.
This is a game of conquest, power and treachery, and Robert finds that to survive he must first abandon everything he holds dear. He was always prepared to die on the battlefield - but what else must he sacrifice to keep his hopes alive?
THE CRUSADES ARE OVER AND EUROPE IS IN CHAOS.
After years of fighting in the desert sun - and secretly working for peace with the Brethren - Will Campbell returns to find his Scottish homeland under attack by his enemy, King Edward I.
Betrayed by those he has served since boyhood, torn apart watching his daughter plunge into a dangerous affair, Will must now forge his own path to peace - even if it leads through another battlefield.
But a new threat is rising in France, where a warrior king will stop at nothing to achieve his twisted ambitions.
The fight for the Holy Land is over. But the Temple's last battle has just begun.
BORN TO FIGHT. SWORN TO PROTECT. DESTINED TO BE BETRAYED.
Will Campbell is a Templar Knight, trained for war. But as a member of the secret brotherhood known as the Brethren, he is also a man of peace.
After years of bloodshed, the Brethren have helped to create an uneasy truce between the Christian and Muslim forces in the Holy Land.
But there are those on both sides for whom peace is not an option.
And when an assassination attempt is made on the new Grand Master of the Temple, Campbell finds himself caught in a devastating web of deception and destruction as the Eastern world rushes headlong towards a catastrophic conflict.
WAR WILL MAKE HIM A MAN. DESTINY WILL MAKE HIM KING.
THESE ARE DAYS OF WAR.
The King of Scotland is dead. The nobles fight over the succession, unaware that King Edward of England has plans of his own. For years, Edward has nurtured a fierce vision of conquest, inspired by the words of an ancient prophecy, that will change the face of Britain.
In this divided land, a boy grows to manhood, in a family torn apart by ambition and betrayal. His path will never be smooth - he will serve his enemy and betray his friend before he finds himself.
But destiny is waiting to claim him.
His name is Robert the Bruce. And his story begins in Insurrection.
AS THE CRUSADES RAGE, A SECRET WAR BEGINS . . .
Will Campbell longs to become a Knight Templar, but first he must serve as apprentice to the foul-tempered scholar Everard, a man of dangerous secrets.
Amir Baybars has fought his way from slavery to become a fearsome commander, driven by an unquenchable desire to free his people from the European invaders of the Holy Land.
These two men are destined to collide, in that extraordinary clash of civilizations known in the West as the Crusades.
From the burning plains of Syria to the filthy backstreets of Paris and London, the Brethren trilogy is the story of Will Campbell, coming of age in a time of conspiracy, passion, politics and war.
Will has been brought up from boyhood in the ways of the all-powerful Order of the Knights Templar. With a tragedy in his past that looms over his future, he faces a long, hard apprenticeship to the foul-tempered scholar Everard, before he can have any chance of becoming a Knight. As he struggles to survive in the harsh discipline of the Temple, Will must try to make sense of many things: his own past, the dangerous mystery that surrounds Everard, and his confused feelings for Elwen, the strong-willed young woman whose path seems always to cross his own.
Meanwhile, a new star is rising in the East. A ruthless fighter and brilliant tactician, the former slave Baybars has become one of the greatest generals and rulers of his time. Haunted by his early life, he is driven by an unquenchable desire to free his people from the European invaders of his homeland.
With page-turning suspense and thrilling action, the Brethren trilogy brilliantly evokes that extraordinary clash of civilizations known in the West as the Crusades. Robyn Young portrays a rich cast of characters, reflecting on each side greed, ambition and religious fanaticism, as well as courage, love and faith.
In the dying days of the Wars of the Roses a secret war is born. The battle for a crown is about to become a fight for the world.Bastard son, mercenary soldier, protector of the rightful king, seeker of a secret more treacherous than any in Christendom: Jack Wynter is destined to live in dangerous times.In England, the Wars of the Roses ended a decade ago with the fall of the House of Lancaster and the victory of King Edward of York. But peace sleeps uneasy in this divided realm and when the king dies unexpectedly it isn't long before old blood feuds and ambitions are awoken.In the sun-baked city of Seville, unaware of the clouds of war rising over England, Jack Wynter is cursing his fortune. Sent here by his secretive father, king's man, Sir Thomas Vaughan - with a locked chest he has been ordered to guard with his life - Jack wonders if this mission was simply a ruse to get an illegitimate, inconvenient son out of the country. But when a stranger arrives with news that his father has been arrested for treason, Jack finds himself thrust into the heart of a deadly conspiracy.What is the secret Jack has been guarding? Is it the reason for his father's fall? The only place he is going to find answers is back in England, where young Prince Edward is due to become king . . . unless his uncle Richard, Duke of Gloucester, decides to make a move for the throne. It is also where Jack's half-brother, Harry, broods bitterly over their father's apparent preference for a bastard son.Jack Wynter is coming home, to a realm of intrigue and corruption, mystery and war. Somehow, he is connected to a secret that can kill him - or make him. Its influence spans Europe and will draw him towards the very edge of the known world, and beyond, in Robyn Young's dazzling new epic.The old world is turning.A new world is rising.
The second volume in the internationally bestselling Brethren trilogy, Crusade is gripping historical fiction that 'grows more relevant by the day' (Raymond Khoury, bestselling author of The Last Templar) An international bestseller, Crusade is a fast-paced medieval adventure portraying the rising tide of political pressures that led East and West to war in the 13th century.
After years of bloodshed, peace finally reigns in the Middle East, in part due to the efforts of Will Campbell and a mysterious group known as the Brethren. However, a cabal of ruthless Western merchants aims to reignite war in the Holy Land, while Prince Edward-'once a trusted member of the Brethren-'has made a promise to the pope: he will take the Cross to Jerusalem and lead a new crusade. To survive the escalating conflict and protect his family, Will must harness all his knowledge and courage.
An international bestseller certain to appeal to fans of The Last Templar?the thrilling first book in a sweeping medieval trilogy On the eve of the last Crusade, two men?s destinies will come together as two great civilizations go to war. Amidst conspiracy and intrigue in Europe, Will Campbell, a young knight, risks his life to recover the stolen Book of the Grail. Hidden within its pages are the heretical plans of a secret society within the Knights Templar. Meanwhile, the former slave Baybars Bundukdari and his army have taken over Egypt and Syria, and are planning a new Holy War to bring the Crusaders to their knees.
With breathtaking battle scenes, memorable characters, and a riveting mystery at its center, Brethren (being published simultaneously with book two, Crusade, in hardcover) is a heart-stopping historical drama that brings the Middle Ages vividly to life.