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Outlander and the Real Jacobites (Hardback)

Scotland's Fight for the Stuarts

P&S History > British History P&S History > By Century > 18th Century World History > UK & Ireland > Scotland

By Shona Kinsella
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Pages: 224
Illustrations: 30 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781399004718
Published: 17th March 2022
Last Released: 23rd October 2023

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Outlander has brought the story of the 1745 Jacobite uprising to the popular imagination, but who were the Jacobites, really? Explore this pivotal moment in Scottish history, visiting some of the key locations from Jamie and Claire’s travels. Discover what clan life was really like, read about medicine in the 1700s and find out whether the red coats were really as bad as Jack Randall. Meet Bonnie Prince Charlie and explore how he managed to inspire an uprising from France and then storm England with a force of no more than 5,000 soldiers. Witness the battle of Culloden and what really happened there, before exploring the aftermath of this final attempt for a Stuart restoration.

This is the ideal companion for Outlander enthusiasts and anyone interested in Scottish history. The book is flawlessly intertwined with real-life events and anecdotes from the era as well as the book/TV series. Anyone who appreciates Outlander but hasn’t done any study into the real culture and events that it is based on (or vice versa) will undoubtedly discover something that piques their curiosity.

A Tudor Reader

This book looks at the rise of the Jacobite nation in the mid-1700s, looking at various aspects of life for the Jacobites during this time and the uprising against the English, which was played in a number of films/programmes such as Outlander. You often find with films/programmes based on history can often be romanticised but having read a number of books on the Jacobite rebellion this book does a good job in documenting events and being quite accurate historically. I must admit that I have not watched the Outlander series, so I can’t comment on any comparisons. A series usually has to be very well received if it’s a history-based series for me to watch it, but from this book, I found it very informative, detailed and well written so maybe I should try and watch the series. A good honest read and I would say it would go down well with television fans of the series.

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The History Fella

About Shona Kinsella

Shona Kinsella is the author of The Vessel of KalaDene series as well as fantasy novellas Petra MacDonald and the Queen of the Fae and The Flame and the Flood. She is the editor of the British Fantasy Society’s fiction publication BFS Horizons. She lives in the West of Scotland with her husband and three children.

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Prince Charles Edward Stuart (1720-1788) was the grandson of Britain’s last Stuart king and the last of his line to fight for their right to the throne. Born in Rome and raised at his father’s cultured and cosmopolitan court-in-exile, the young prince grew up beneath a heavy weight of expectation and yearned for the chance to prove his worth. In 1745, just as it seemed his best opportunity had already passed, Charles threw caution to the wind and embarked on a secret and seemingly desperate expedition to Scotland. What followed is one of the most remarkable, famous, and often misrepresented…

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