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June 06 2017 @ 09:15 am
Warriors in weaponised kilts  
Interesting piece from the Guardian on Diana Gabaldon's behind-the-scenes visit to the National Museum of Scotland’s forthcoming exhibition about the Jacobites.

"One of the objects in the room is a strange sporran that can contain two flintlock pistols. Gabaldon studies it intently, later saying that this will certainly appear in future books. Historical fiction, as the writer JG Lockhart said, gloriously illustrates the margins: the past is fixed, there can’t be a victory for Charles at Culloden. So has she, I wonder, given the series a definitive ending? “I wrote the last scene of the last book 15 years ago,” she replies, after the kind of wry pause that seems to typify her approach."
Jill aka Josireesanwar on June 6th, 2017 04:54 pm (UTC)
I love the bit.

I told a few friends – mostly female and non-British, but living in Scotland – that I would be meeting Gabaldon. All of them took a fit of the vapours. “She is the reason I came here,” was a recurrent refrain.

It is so true. DG really makes you want to move to Scotland.

the appeal of the Highland hero: “He can, you know, just lift the kilt up.” She says that that was always the point.

And I've always known that to be true. That is a serious appeal. LOL
Jo Ann: Out: Jamie toastingyeuxdebleu on June 7th, 2017 01:45 am (UTC)
That was very interesting. Thanks for posting it.