Creating a credible character in context

What credible character? Does my next book lack a credible character? I am in the process of writing a novel set at the outset of the English Civil War in 1642. My hero is the son of a nobleman, studying at Oxford. He wants to keep out of political and religious...

Is 2020 time for another Scottish indyref?

Another? When was the last indyref? In 2014 there was an indyref – that is a referendum on Scottish independence. The vote went in favour of the union by about 55%.but the SNP – the Scottish Nationalist Party – say it’s time for another. Why?...

Do the Scots have a message for England as in 1715?

Did the Scots rebel in 1715? Not all Scots did. Many, probably most, accepted the rule of George the First. The rebels, called ‘Jacobites’, wanted to make James Stewart king. Religion, clan loyalties and personal ambitions all affected which side you were...

Who were the Great War heroes?

Weren’t they all heroes? Heroes is the name many people would apply to all the men who gave their lives in the First World War, not to mention many other conflicts. However, there are those who disagree. I heard someone argue that as the men were conscripts,...

Am I a Roundhead or a Cavalier?

Why would you ask if I was a roundhead or a cavalier? Most people today don’t ask others ‘Are you a roundhead or a cavalier’ but as I have said I am going to set my latest book in the Civil War, people will want to know which side I would have been...