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.

5 Defining Moments for Jamie – Season 2

From Scotland, to Paris, and back again, season two covers a lot of ground, and out of all the characters that grace the screen in these 13 jam-packed episodes, I think it is safe to say that Jamie has the biggest arc. Join me as I run down the list of Jamie’s 5 most character defining moments!

Outlander Book Club – “Sanctuary”

Welcome back for the finale of Outlander Book Club!! This week it's all about Part Seven: "Sanctuary". All eight novels of the Outlander series are absolute roller coaster rides, but the last few chapters of book one are something special in the way of emotional torment. Will they make it in time to save Jamie from the noose? Hmmmm... I don't know. Keep reading to find out... *wink wink.

Outlander Book Club – “A Whiff of Brimstone”

This week I'm discussing Part 4 of Outlander: "A Whiff of Brimstone" where the ever-growing plot thickens. The Duke of Sandringham has arrived. Claire is still avoiding a decision between Frank and Jamie. Dougal has done something stupid...again, and Geillis is busy being Geillis, but do you smell that? I think someone decided to throw gasoline on the fire... Buckle up, Buttercups. It's gonna be a bumpy ride!

Outlander Book Club – “On The Road” (Part 2)

This week, I'm taking a look at the second half of Part Three: "On The Road", and if last week's reading was all about basking in the after glow of their wedding, this week is all about what happens when two fiery personalities collide. Join me as I dive into some of the key moments between Jamie and Claire this week that signify the continuing growth of their relationship!

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.

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.

Droughtlander Survival Guide: 5 Adaptations I Squealed Over

Since we are experiencing a shortage of new entertainment on a MASSIVE scale, I’ve been revisiting some of my favorite book to screen adaptations. Whether they are TV series or movies, Young Adult or just plain Adult , these choices had me giddy from the very first press releases, and they are all available digitally to stream if you are looking for something new to sink your teeth into.