Reminiscences of a Jacobite
The 2020 launch webinar which author Michael Nevin hosted was extremely stimulating, and I rapidly became aware that many participants were very knowledgeable about the Jacobite era and particularly the minutiae of Bonny Prince Charlie's movements and actions.
My only prior exposure to the story behind the conventional story of the audacious uprising and subsequent rout at Culloden had been that of a tourist up to 2017, when our annual visit to The Black Isle was followed later in the summer by joining in the Clan visit to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Before the Tattoo itself, daughter Lydia and I went to the Jacobite Exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland, which was well done in general and provided a sound background - as Michael Nevin himself agreed in the webinar.
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However, it was totally devoid of any reference to any possibility that the Jacobite cause was to a large extent a justifiable, plausible exercise which might have succeeded but for a number of adverse events - and that might have benefited the British people in many ways, some of them highly topical today, for example religious inclusiveness.
I bought the book, determined to read it on our 2021 Black Isle Visit, when I was pleasantly surprised to find that I couldn't put it down - what a grippingly couched account from Michael Nevin's chosen perspective, and a powerful primer of facts and timelines. I would recommend an immersive reading!