The Truth Behind The Battle of Culloden

The romanticized, version of the Jacobite conflict which spanned 50+ years of Scottish history, tends to oversimplify things, and as the story has been told and retold down through the generations, opinions and third-hand accounts have now been cemented in many people’s minds as fact. The Battle of Culloden is a great example of a tall tale growing taller. So, let’s dive a little deeper into what we actually know about the Battle of Culloden and the events surrounding it.

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.

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.

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!

A Little Bit of Lallybroch

For fans of Outlander, the phrase “Take me home to Lallybroch” has been branded on our hearts and in our minds for all time. But when Outlander was picked up by Starz in 2013, the film location chosen by the producers left many fans scratching their heads. Could they make this stunning creation into Jamie Fraser’s beloved childhood home? Short answer, yes.

Crime & Punishment in the Time of Outlander

Over the course of Season 1 alone, we see Jamie apprehended for “obstruction” and flogged within an inch of his life. Claire is arrested for witchcraft and sentenced to burn alive before Jamie comes to the rescue, and Jamie is arrested AGAIN after a run in with a group of redcoats and sentenced to hang for a murder he didn’t commit! All this got me thinking, what was life REALLY like for those on the wrong side of the law in that time?