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...

Why am I writing about the Civil War?

What Civil War? The so-called English Civil War, although it involved the Scots, Welsh and Irish as well as the English. Anyway, I don’t mean the American Civil War, or anyone else’s. It was in the 1640’s. Why am I writing about the Civil War right...

Was the Civil War about ‘Humbug’?

Why mention ‘Humbug’? When I wrote recently about divisions, in 1642 – the start of the English Civil War – and today, I had no idea how much more heated things were about to become. The PM’s response to being challenged about...

Is ‘Sanditon’ a travesty of Austen?

What is ‘Sanditon’? Sanditon is a costume drama on ITV that has divided the crowd. It is not the best historical drama I’ve seen this year (so far I’d give that award to Gentleman Jack) but it’s not the worst. (Let’s not go there,...