The Jacobite Trilogy by D.K. Broster


The Jacobite TrilogyThe Jacobite Trilogy by D.K. Broster

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My rating: 3,5 stars.

Opening lines:
The sun had been up for a couple of hours, and now, by six o’ clock, there was scarcely a cloud in the sky; even the peaked summit of Ben Tee, away to the north-east, had no more than the faintest veil floating over it. On all the western slopes the transfiguring light, as it crept lower and lower, was busy picking out the patches of July bell-heather and painting them an even deeper carmine, and the mountains round were smiling (where sometimes they frowned) on Loch na h-Iolaire, today a shining jewel which tomorrow might be a mere blot of grey steel. It was going to be a fine day, and in the West of Scotland such are none too plentiful.


Loch Assynt from Creag na h-Iolaire

The first book, “The Flight of the Heron” describes the story of Ewen Cameron, a Highland Jacobite and his relationship with Keith Windham, a British soldier.

The main plot describes the story of the Jacobite Rising of 1745 with a summary description of Battle of Culloden. In my opinion, this is the best part of the book.

The second volume of this trilogy, “The Glenn in the North” tells the story of Ewen’s cousin Archibald Cameron, another dangerous Jacobite rebel. The plot describes how the rebels’ lives changed after the 45’s rising.

‘And then,’ said the childish voice, ‘the clans charged..but I expect you do not know what that means, Keithie; it means that they ran very fast against the English, waving their broadswords, and all with their dirks in their left hands under the targe; and they were so fierce and so brave that they broke through the line of English soldiers which were in front, and if there had not been so many more English, and they well-fed – but we were very hungry and had marched all night.

The final volume, “The Dark Mile” tells the story of another Ewen’s cousin, Ian Stewart and his romantic involvement with Olivia Campbell.

In overall, this trilogy is quite interesting but presented sometimes in a quite long narrative way. In spite of this, a memorable book on Scottish history.

 

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