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Compelling biography of James Graham, first Marquis of Montrose known for his passionate loyalty to his monarch. A tale of seduction and witchcraft and a promise made to Charles I to "raise Scotland for the King" regardless of the personal cost.
Paperback, 424 pages
Published March 15th 1979 by Littlehampton Book Services Ltd (first published 1937)
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Best Scottish Fiction
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Apr 06, 2016 CLM rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lord Montrose was a Scottish general, poet and Royalist hero who won a series of spectacular victories in Scotland against Oliver Cromwell's Covenanters for Charles I, but was finally deserted by Charles II. The Stuarts had no sense of loyalty.

Jul 20, 2012 Dan rated it it was amazing
A very well-told tale of one of history's more flambuoyant characters. Although there are fictional elements and moments of true romance (in the proper sense of the word), it reads almost like a piece of historical research. Unlike other authors, Irwin manages to inhabit the mindset of the day and builds her story convincingly. Attempting a novel of this scope is ambitious and there were moments when I wished I had a map and diagrams to help me! I came away feeling satisfied and also moved: here ...more
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My Mom got a first edition for Christmas in 1952 and the gift card was just before the Glasgow General Assembly so I guess that's where she stopped. I loved "The Green Years" which could have been a book in itself.
Jun 30, 2008 Anne rated it really liked it
I learned about the political power struggle after Charles I was forced off the throne by Cromwell. I learned about Montrose who helped his son Charles II regain the throne that was taken from his family. Wonderful transporting read for summer.
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Born in 1899 and educated at Oxford, Irwin was recognized as a novelist of well-researched and occasionally heart-breaking historical fiction. She is best known for her trilogy about Elizabeth I: Young Bess, Elizabeth Captive Princess, and Elizabeth and the Prince of Spain. Young Bess was made into a movie starring Jean Simmons.

Irwin also wrote passionately about the English Civil War, causing gen
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