From BBC Radio 4 - Classical Serial: A beautiful glover's daughter is romantically pursued by a warmongering blacksmith, a poetising prince, a hot-head...moreFrom BBC Radio 4 - Classical Serial: A beautiful glover's daughter is romantically pursued by a warmongering blacksmith, a poetising prince, a hot-headed clansman and a bumbling bonnet-maker in lawless 14th century Scotland.
In Walter Scott's The Fair Maid of Perth, feeble King Robert III is failing to stop his beloved country being torn apart by warring clans and pillaging nobles - chaos reigns supreme. When our heroine, Catharine Glover, suffers heartbreak and tragedy at the hands of the vengeful Earl of March, a terrible dilemma presents itself.
Should she follow the dictates of her heart by marrying the man she loves - or should she obey her father's wish and shun a world of 'hard iron and barbaric cruelties' by betrothing herself to Christ?
Starring Katharine Hepburn as Mary Stuart, Fredric March as Bothwell, Florence Eldridge as Elizabeth Tudor, Do...more**spoiler alert** Available at You Tube.
Starring Katharine Hepburn as Mary Stuart, Fredric March as Bothwell, Florence Eldridge as Elizabeth Tudor, Douglas Walton as Darnley and John Carradine as Rizzio.
From Wikipedia: Mary of Scotland is a 1936 RKO film starring Katharine Hepburn as the 16th century ruler, Mary, Queen of Scots. Directed by John Ford, it is an adaptation of the 1933 Maxwell Anderson play by Dudley Nichols. The play starred Helen Hayes as Mary. It is largely in blank verse. The film does not keep close to the historical truth, portraying Mary as something of a wronged martyr and her third husband, James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell (played by Fredric March), as a romantic hero.(less)
What to say about this magnificent book? This is the first boot of the trilogy A Scots Quair.
According to George Malcom Thomson, to whom the book is d...moreWhat to say about this magnificent book? This is the first boot of the trilogy A Scots Quair.
According to George Malcom Thomson, to whom the book is dedicated, wrote that "this Chris of yours is surely the greatest woman character in Scottish fiction...She is intensely Scottish and yet universal".
In this last book, Grey Granite, there are four sections which are called after different constituents of granite: Epidote ( a greenish silicate of calcium, aluminum, and iron), Sphene (whose crystals are wedge-shaped and which contains the element titanium - strong, light, corrosion-resistant), Apatite (consisting of calcium phosphate and fluoride), and Zircon (a tetragonal mineral, of which jacinth and jargon are varieties - jacinth is reddish orange, and jargoon brilliant and colorless).
Tom Wintringham (editor of Left Review), he termed this last book as "the best novel written this side the Channel since Hardy stopped writing".(less)
From BBC Radio 4 - Classical Serial: Mike Harris adapts Sir Walter Scott's The Bride of Lammermoor.
The novel is set in the Lammermuir Hills of south-east Scotland at the beginning of the 18th Century and tells of a tragic love affair between young Lucy Ashton and her family's enemy Edgar Ravenswood.
The Ashtons and Ravenswoods have been enemies for centuries - but will a proposed union between the warring families finally bring peace?
Music Composed and performed by Ross Hughes and Esben Tjalve Violin and viola - Oliver Langford
Written by Mike Harris Produced and Directed by Clive Brill A Brill production for BBC Radio 4.(less)
From BBC Radio 4 - Saturday Drama: In 1692 soldiers billeted in the homes of the MacDonald clan in Glencoe rose up and killed their hosts. Was this Hig...moreFrom BBC Radio 4 - Saturday Drama: In 1692 soldiers billeted in the homes of the MacDonald clan in Glencoe rose up and killed their hosts. Was this Highland massacre the inevitable outcome of a long-standing clan feud? Or were there other factors behind this infamous betrayal? Adrian Bean's play - based on the contemporary parliamentary Commission Of Enquiry into the massacre and on historian John Prebble's seminal book, Glencoe - dramatizes these tragic 17th century events.(less)
Another time travel book by Barbara Erskine, telling the story of Clare Royland in 20th century and Isobel Buchan...moreJust arrived from Germany.
Another time travel book by Barbara Erskine, telling the story of Clare Royland in 20th century and Isobel Buchan in the 14th century. I must agree with Misfit, Child of Phoenix is her best book so far. Hiding from the Light is still in my TBR. (less)
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 th...moreMy 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 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's 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.(less)