Outlander Book Club — “Castle Leoch”

This week in Outlander Book Club we are talking Part 2 of Outlander: "Castle Leoch". The amount of expository information in this section is unbelievable and I'm here to unpack it all for you! So pull up a chair and come on a journey with me as I talk about all the things we learned--and didn't learn--in this week's reading!

Notable Jacobites of Outlander

An avid researcher, and stickler for the facts, Diana Gabaldon is forever dropping historical Easter eggs throughout her stories, and just like Paris, the setting of pre-Culloden Scotland is blanketed with historical figures. From Jamie’s grandfather, Lord Simon Fraser of Lovat, to Prince Charlie’s advisors, George Murray and John O’Sullivan, key players of the 1745 Jacobite Rising make an appearance throughout Season 2 and Dragonfly in Amber.

Back to Blowing Rock

In my off time, I was out exploring as I so often love to do. Travelling is a passion of mine, and while COVID-19 has certainly put a cramp in my style, it hasn’t completely stopped me! This past weekend I revisited Blowing Rock, North Carolina, to enjoy the vibrant colors of the Blue Ridge in autumn.

Prince Charlie & The Jacobite Cause

To understand Charles Edward Stuart and his cause, we must first understand the events prior to his birth. Join me as I go back to what caused the Jacobite Rebellions, who was involved, and how that relates to our Bonnie Prince. Then, join me as I move forward to see what happened to Charlie after that fateful day at Culloden.

5 Limited Series to Check Out

The one positive thing about this Sahara Desert of Outlander news is that I now have time to explore the black hole of “streaming services”, and today I’m bringing you 5 Limited Series I think you'll enjoy.

In Other News…

In lieu of a cliff notes history lesson this week, I wanted to do a piece I’m dubbing “In Other News”. The cast of Outlander has been busy lately, despite the hold on filming, and I’m going to run down the list of goings on for your Outlander obsessed convenience.

Stockings and Waistcoats and Corsets, Oh My!

The fashion industry was at its zenith in the 18th century -- especially in Paris, France, and it was not uncommon for the newest fashion periodicals to circulate at a rate of every ten days! This meant that as soon as something was “in style” it was almost as quickly “out of style” creating a revolving door of the newest styles, materials, and accessories.

Parisian Inspiration: The Real Cast of Paris

It’s hard not to get caught up in the glitz and glamour of Jamie and Claire’s new life in Paris. They have gorgeous clothes, a luxurious house, and new friends and enemies with significant power in the upper echelon of Parisian society. Many of these new acquaintances are based upon or inspired by real historical figures, and in this post, I’m going to break down who some of these characters really were!