A brief summary from the "Ten Things" talks I'd been doing in April 2016 to mark the 270th anniversary of the Battle of Culloden and the end of the Jacobites' 1745 Rebellion. These talks usually accompanied showing of Brian Blessed's film, Chasing The Deer. 1. The word “Jacobite” means “Supporter of James” James in Latin, of course, is … [Read more...] about Jacobites – Ten Things You (Almost Certainly) Didn’t Know
A batch of articles inspired by my first novel, The Jacobites' Apprentice, and the 1745 Jacobite Rising.
Jacobites – Manchester Jacobites
It’s not easy to walk around Manchester and picture the place as it might have looked in 1745 – but it’s not impossible either. And I’ve done this Manchester Jacobites walk now in a couple of different ways. The simple way is to stand in three different locations – the Victoria pedestrian bridge, the side of Marks & Spencer on the corner of … [Read more...] about Jacobites – Manchester Jacobites
Jacobites – Ten things we may owe to Georgian Britain
Georgian Britain, setting for The Jacobites' Apprentice. But what, exactly, did the Georgians ever do for us? Coffee houses Coffee houses had existed in Oxford and London since the middle of the 17th Century, but they really flourished in the Georgian era, spreading also to other provincial cities. The price of entrance was generally … [Read more...] about Jacobites – Ten things we may owe to Georgian Britain
Jacobites – the BBC Interview
Stuarts, Salford, the BBC and Bawdiness I'd been asked to do an interview about The Jacobites' Apprentice at the new BBC studios in Salford.The day before, I took a phone call from a friend who asked me whether I thought they'd ask me about Salford's Mayoral candidates. I was non-plussed, and then realised that a former colleague, Ian Stewart, was … [Read more...] about Jacobites – the BBC Interview