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In 1612, George Sinclair, an illegitimate son of a Caithness laird, became a Norwegian national hero. Along with almost 300 of his followers, Sinclair was killed in an ambush in Norway while marching to join the King of Sweden's army. Sinclair has legendary status in Norway but has been totally forgotten in his home country, just as the memory of thousands of other Scottish mercenaries who served in the the armies of Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries has been forgotten. In this book, James Miller tells how a ...
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In 1612, George Sinclair, an illegitimate son of a Caithness laird, became a Norwegian national hero. Along with almost 300 of his followers, Sinclair was killed in an ambush in Norway while marching to join the King of Sweden's army. Sinclair has legendary status in Norway but has been totally forgotten in his home country, just as the memory of thousands of other Scottish mercenaries who served in the the armies of Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries has been forgotten. In this book, James Miller tells how a considerable proportion of the able bodied male population of Scotland at one time sought service on behalf of every dynasty and monarch on the continent of Europe. Some were fleeing from justice, others went to seek fame and fortune—and found it.
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Book News Inc.
The role of Scots fighters in the British Empire is celebrated far and wide . . . but their exploits in Europe for the two centuries before that find little mention in history or popular literature. . . . surveys exploits and experiences of Scots who earned a living as soldiers in Europe, pivoting on the Thirty Years War (1618-48).
De Re Militari: The Society for Medieval Military History

...makes some interesting points...serves as a serviceable overview of the activities of Scottish mercenaries in 17th century Europe."

Renaissance Magazine
. . . Miller is to be praised for the excellence of his research, the even handedness of his story about the Scottish mercenaries' . . . and for the style of his presentation . . .
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841584461
  • Publisher: Birlinn, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

James Miller was born and brought up in Caithness. After working abroad and in London he returned to the north of Scotland to work as a full-time writer. His previous books published by Birlinn include The Dambuilders, The North Atlantic Front and Inverness.
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