A vigorous and authoritative history of last major battle fought between Scottish and English forces, ending all hope of the Stuarts reclaiming the throne and forming the bedrock for the creation of the British Empire.
The Battle of Culloden in 1746 has gone down in history as the last major battle fought on British soil: a vicious confrontation between the English Royal Army and the Scottish forces supporting the Stuart claim to the throne. But this wasn't just a conflict between the Scots and the English: the battle was also part of a much larger campaign to protect the British Isles from the growing threat of a French invasion.
In Trevor Royle's vivid and evocative narrative, we are drawn into the ranks, on both sides, alongside doomed Jacobites fighting fellow Scots dressed in the red coats of the Duke of Cumberland's Royal Army. And we meet the Duke himself, a skilled warrior who would gain notoriety because of the reprisals on Highland clans in the battle's aftermath. Royle also takes us beyond the battle as the men of the Royal Army, galvanized by its success at Culloden, expand dramatically and start to fight campaigns overseas in America and India in order to secure British interests. We see the revolutionary use of fighting techniques first implemented at Culloden, and we see the creation of professional fighting forces.
Culloden changed the course of British history by ending all hope of the Stuarts reclaiming the throne, cementing Hanoverian rule and forming the bedrock for the creation of the British Empire. Royle's lively and provocative history looks afresh at the period and unveils its true significance, not only as the end of a struggle for the throne but the beginning of a new global power.
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About the Author
British actor and singer Tim Bruce costarred with Phill Jupitus in ITV's popular comedy series Bottom Knocker Street, the West End production of Blood Brothers, the BAFTA-awarded drama Bleak House, and the BBC's long-running Geordie series Byker Grove. A regular voice on BBC, Tim has narrated over seventy audiobooks.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgements vii
1 The heaviest Curse that can befall an unhappy People 7
2 Like the savage race they roam for prey 39
3 The end of a bad business 67
4 Bruise those Bad Seeds spread about this country 95
5 Learning the lessons the hard way 125
6 Over the Mountains and Over the Main 155
7 The World at War: North America 185
8 Paths of Glory 215
9 Winning the West: Canada and the Caribbean 245
10 The World at War: India 273
11 The World at War: Europe 303
12 Forty Years On: The End of an Old Song 331