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.
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.
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.
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!