What a pity the book description can't get the history right. The 1745 Jacobite rebellion was not a Scots/English conflict. There were many English Jacobites, and Scots fought on both sides at Culloden. In Edinburgh a militia was formed to try to keep Charles Edward Stuart out of the city. Bonfires were lit and bells were rung in Glasgow when the result of the battle was known. Most of the atrocities committed after Culloden were carried out by Lowland Scots troops. Kidnapped is a brilliant portrait of the two Scotlands as personified by David Balfour, the Lowland Whig, and Alan Breck Stewart, the Highland Jacobite. The one star is not for the novel (which deserves five), but for the description of this Penguin edition.
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