I share my birthday, August 23, with the William Wallace's death. The 700 year difference does not lessen the sobering fact that William gave his life in the pursuit of freedom.
For my birthday, my husband gave me two CDs from Albannach, http://www.albannachmusic.com/. Albannach is a Scottish tribal band that we discovered during the Maryland Renaissance Festival when we lived in Baltimore, http://www.rennfest.com/ (sadly, Hawaii does not host Renn Fests).
Albannach's music would have inspired the Scottish farmers to follow William Wallace into battle. It inspired me to write today's post with Diana Cosby, a Navy vet - turned - romance author. So join us for a journey back into time.
On August 3, 1305, Scottish outlaw William Wallace was captured by English troops with information provided by Scottish noble John de Menteith.
On August 23, 1305, William Wallace stood trial and was found guilty of treason. He responded,
"I can not be a traitor, for I owe him (King Edward) no allegiance. He is not my Sovereign; he never received my homage; and whilst life is in this persecuted body, he never shall receive it."
William Wallace was then hung, drawn, and quartered. His death gave birth to the Scottish Freedom Movement.
In 1320, Robert the Bruce and fifty other Scottish Lords, including Menteith, signed the Declaration of Arbroath, declaring their independence from the English crown. Menteith's family would march behind Robert the Bruce during the Wars for Scottish Independence. Several lost their lives.
William Wallace is remembered as a Scottish Patriot for following his uncle's advice:
'This is the truth I tell you:
of all things freedom’s most fine.
Never submit to live, my son,
in the bonds of slavery entwined.’
from Bower’s Scotichronicon c.1440’s.
William Wallace's quest for freedom has inspired romance authors and readers to seek the same inspiration from his beloved homeland. I have visited Scotland twice in the past five years. I would like to retire to Scotland after my children leave home for college. The land and the people are connected the by the spirit of family and freedom.
I asked Diana Cosby to join me to today in celebrating William Wallace's legacy. Diana is the author of Scottish Medievals featuring the MacGruder Brothers,
- His Captive (Book 1) and His Captive (Book 2)
- His Conquest (Book 3) will be available November 2.
- His Destiny (Book 4) will be available next year.
Kim: How has William Wallace inspired your writing?
Diana: Here is a paragraph of historical fact that I incorporated into His Conquest concerning Wallace:
On August 28th, 1296, King Edward I held Parliament at Berwick. He ordered prominent Scottish landowners, burgesses and churchmen to swear fealty to him, then sign and affix their seals as proof, hence The Ragman Roll. Numerous nobles signed the Ragman Roll without intending to support the English crown, including the Bishop Wishart of Glasgow and Robert Bruce, Earl of Carrick. Then, there were those like William Wallace, who refused to sign, consequence be damned.
*Source: Robert Bruce & The Community of The Realm of Scotland by Geoffrey W.S. Barrow
Kim: Your website, http://www.dianacosby.com/, refers to the National Trust for Scotland, http://www.nts.org.uk/Home/. Tell us about this organization.
Diana: The National Trust for Scotland acts as guardian of Scotland's magnificent heritage of architectural, scenic and historic treasures. Without the National Trust for Scotland, many of Scotland's historical wonders would be lost. I'm proud to be a lifetime member.
Kim: My favorite NTS property is Culzean Castle in Ayrshire. David Kennedy, the 10th Earl of Cassilis, gave General Eisenhower an apartment for his personal use to honor his leadership during WWII. The NTS offers the Eisenhower Apartment as part of the castle tour.
And tell us about your newest book.
Diana: His Conquest is set in the spring of 1297 after Wallace has slain the English Sheriff of Lanark, a time when King Edward's focus was on the turmoil in Flanders as he believed all left within Scotland were minor pockets of resistance. Within this dynamic setting, a handful of months before the Battle of Stirling Bridge, I wove the story of love as deception between the powerful rebel lord, Seathan MacGruder, Earl of Grey, and his enemy's sister, Lady Linet Dancort.
Mahalo, Diana, for joining us today. Come back in November when we celebrate the release of His Conquest just in time for St. Andrew's Day!
In honor of William Wallace's Legacy, I am giving away the Scottish-themed books listed below on a first come, first serve basis. I met many of the authors at RT, RomCon, and RWA. To request a book,
1. Leave a comment on this blog about Scotland.
2. Send me your top three book requests plus your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org
3. When you receive the book via media mail (slow boat across the Pacific), please email the author to thank him/her for supporting SOS Aloha.
The book giveaway is only open to US residents due to mailing costs. However, I will send bookmarks from Scottish historicals authors to any international reader who sends their address to me at email@example.com
Slàinte mhor a h-uile là a chi 's nach fhaic.
(Great health to you every day that I see you and every day that I don't)
Kim in Hawaii
Books available for SOS readers:
Diana Cosby, http://www.dianacosby.com/
- His Captive
- His Woman
Karen Hawkins, http://www.karenhawkins.com/
- The Laird Who Loved Me
Hannah Howell, http://www.hannahhowell.com/
- Highland Captive
- Highland Fire
- Highland Savage
- Nature of the Beast (anthology with Adrienne Basso and Eve Silver)
Margo Maguire, http://www.margomaguire.com/
- Taken By the Laird
- Temptation of the Warrior
Melissa Mayhue, http://www.melissamayhue.com/
- A Highlanders' Homecoming
Monica McCarty, http://www.monicamccarty.com/
- Highland Scoundrel
Teresa Medeiros, http://www.teresamedeiros.com/
- Some Like It Wicked
Paula Quinn, http://www.paulaquinn.com/
- Ravished by a Highlander
Veronica Wolff, http://www.veronicawolff.com/
- Lord of the Highlands
plus the Scottish epic, Outlander by Diane Gabaldon, http://188.8.131.52/~dianagab/
and three books from Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith, http://www.alexandermccallsmith.co.uk/
- Heavenly Dates and Other Flirtations,
- The Comforts of a Muddy Saturday,
- The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency