For reasons I talked about in my last blog, although all Highlanders were considered to be formidable warriors, Clan Gregor was particularly renowned both for its ferocity and eagerness to fight. As a result of […]
Although many of the characters in the Jacobite Chronicles are MacGregors, I’ve resisted including one of the most famous members of the clan in my books. He is, however, mentioned briefly in The Highlander’s Tale: Alex, which […]
Last month I wrote about education for boys. Girls, however, had a very different experience in this matter. In 1693 John Locke in his Some Thoughts on Education stated that he believed educating girls in the basics […]
Many fathers of boys in the eighteenth century considered it vital to remove their sons from his mother’s exclusive influence at a relatively young age, as it was believed that otherwise he would become effeminate and […]
In the 17th century, children were considered to lack self-discipline and self-control, and it was generally believed that they needed to be severely disciplined to drive the original sin out of them. Parents stood in place […]
In The Ladies’ Tale I mention this Act, with Edwin’s father setting him as a child to learn the crimes it covered. This was a formidable piece of homework, as the initial Act covered over fifty criminal […]
In a time when many natural occurences that might have seemed strange and magical can be explained by science, and when most people think of witches as fantasy, comical creatures who cackle and ride around […]
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