Jack Whyte, whose 17 best-selling books of historical fiction have been translated into more than 20 languages, has died aged 80. Born in Scotland, Whyte moved to Canada in 1967 and had lived in Kelowna for the past 25 years.

He was the author of ‘A Dream of Eagles’, a series of historical novels set in post-Roman Britain centred around the legend of King Arthur. The series was published in many languages, including German, French, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese. Whyte also wrote ‘The Templar Trilogy’ and ‘The Guardians of Scotland’, which are also multi-book series.

He was also an actor, poet, singer, and orator, according to a biography of Whyte on the website of Penguin Random House Canada, his long-time publisher.