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With the Battle of Flodden in 1513, Scotland lost its King, James IV, and most of its ruling class, leading to confusion and turmoil that lasts 90 years. Alexander (Alec) Hume, the Great Chamberlain, survived that battle. He had fallen in love with his father's ward, Lady Katherine Nisbet (Katie), a relationship his father considered incestuous, but one that he is passionately determined to maintain. Though he once strayed into the arms of the King's widow, Queen Margaret, sister of Henry VIII, he is largely motivated to bring stability to Scotland and the Borderland. Ultimately, he invites the French speaking John Stewart, Duke of Albany to become Regent. Unable to properly communicate, they soon fall out and Albany has him branded a rebel and deprives him of all his ancestral holdings, including Hume Castle, by an act of parliament. Though upsetting to his beloved Katie, the infuriated Alec creates havoc all across the Borders to the point that Albany is obliged to forgive him and restore his land and property. But the truce is tenuous, does not end well, and once more his fortresses are...
.... Amazon book description.
FIRST SENTENCE (Prologue): September 9, 1513.The King was slain: the battle lost.
MEMORABLE MOMENT(Page 336): The curses of decrepit widows are treated with trepidation and reverence, yet they are the accursed ones. Without a father, brother or husband, or other visible means of support, they live, and that in itself seems like witchery.
MY THOUGHTS: Based on actual historical events, this novel is an abridged version of the author's The Lions of Scotland: Lords of Hume.
An epic story covering a period in history I knew little about. As interesting as it is informative, I have to commend the author in that this is very readable and not at all text book like which, given its almost 500 pages, could make it rather daunting.
The story of two Alec's, Alexander 'Alec' Hume, the third Lord of Hume and, his nephew, Alexander 'Alec' Hume, the fifth Lord of Hume - can be confusing I know but hey that's historical characters for you - The Last Tears Of Scotland gives a fascinating glimpse into 90 years of Scottish history.
Alas, a story that didn't always flow as well as it might - perhaps because of the fact it is an abridged version. However the overall story telling and well depicted characters, both real and fictional, more than made up for this small matter.
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