Book review: Rogue Herries by Hugh Walpole

Rogue HerriesRogue Herries by Hugh Walpole
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

From BBC radio 4 Extra:
A 18th century family saga about the wild and tormented Francis Herries, who starts a new life in Cumberland.

Free download available at Faded Page.

The first book in the Herries Chronicles series, which comprises Rogue Herries, Judith Paris, The Fortress, Vanessa. Two later Herries books were The Bright Pavilions and Katherine Christian.

As historical background, the Jacobite rising of 1745: it was the attempt by Charles Edward Stuart to regain the British throne for the exiled House of Stuart. The rising occurred during the War of the Austrian Succession when most of the British Army was on the European continent. Charles Edward Stuart, commonly known as “Bonnie Prince Charlie” or “the Young Pretender”, sailed to Scotland and raised the Jacobite standard at Glenfinnan in the Scottish Highlands, where he was supported by a gathering of Highland clansmen. The march south began with an initial victory at Prestonpans near Edinburgh. The Jacobite army, now in bold spirits, marched onwards to Carlisle, over the border in England. When it reached Derby, some British divisions were recalled from the Continent and the Jacobite army retreated north to Inverness where the last battle on Scottish soil took place on a nearby moor at Culloden. The Battle of Culloden ended with the final defeat of the Jacobite cause, and with Charles Edward Stuart fleeing with a price on his head, before finally sailing to France.

An important fact to be mentioned about Hugh Walpole’s as a writer: from FadedPage: he was one of the most popular authors of his times, until his literary reputation was destroyed by Somerset Maugham.

Herries Chronicles series:
5* Rogue Herries
TR Judith Paris
TR The Fortress
TR Vanessa
TR The Bright Pavilions
TR Katherine Christian

Rising City series:
TR The Duchess of Wrexe
TR The Green Mirror
TR The Captives

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