Category Archives: Scottish history

A Saintly Twin Sister: Protectress against convulsions and storms

Scholastica was Benedict’s twin sister, and both were born in Norcia, probably around the year 480. They came from a wealthy family that is said to have lived more or less on the site of the cathedral of Norcia, named … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Tapestry: Launch 2 September

What a treat to join hundreds of other stitchers today. We gathered at the Scottish Parliament to view the tapestry in all its splendour: 164 panels, 300 miles of wools, 60,000 hours of sewing, not to mention the extraordinary input … Continue reading

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Mary’s Wardrobe

No spoilers, but just a quick insight of the talk I’m giving tomorrow about Mary Queen of Scots’ Wardrobe. Sometime late last year, Loura Brooks of Edinburgh University’s Open Studies launched the idea of a combined course on Mary Queen … Continue reading

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The Lairds of Cromarty

This is a review that was published recently in February issue of The Historical Novels Review. I’ve included it here because it was such an unusual book, as well as a great translation. THE LAIRDS OF CROMARTY Jean-Pierre Ohl, translated … Continue reading

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