Author(s): John Prebble
This text, using contemporary memoirs, letters, newspapers and regimental order books, reconstructs the common mans version of the Moorland Battle and the repression and brutality that followed it for the highlanders. It challenges the rose-tinted legend of Bonnie Prince Charlie and Culloden.
In this thrilling history, the legendary battle is seen through the eyes and experiences of its participants. It is a history of the people rather than the Prince.
"[Culloden] is romantic and tragic, and helped me, as a London boy, to develop a love of Scotland that lasted my whole life." -- David Aaronovitch * The Week * "Prebble and Scotland down the years have become as inseparable as oatcakes and whisky. He has...succeeded in giving the Scots a fresh awareness of their past." * Daily Telegraph * "One of Prebble's great strengths is his ability to empathise with his subject matter." * Daily Mail * "Marked by formidable research and passionate commitment to the cause of the poorest." * Spectator * "One of our leading historians, whose works...are as scholarly as they are readable" * Observer *
John Prebble was born in the UK in 1915 but spent his boyhood in Canada. He became a journalist in 1934 and went on to become an historian, novelist, film-writer and the author of several highly praised plays and dramatised documentaries for BBC TV and Radio. He became interested in Culloden when he was a boy in a predominantly Scottish township in Canada. He died in January 2001.