By Susan Fletcher
A breathtaking novel of ardour and betrayal in seventeenth-century Scotland, and the portrait of an unforgettable heroine accused of witchcraft.
February thirteen, 1692. Thirty-eight participants of the MacDonald extended family are killed through squaddies who had formerly loved the clan's hospitality. Many extra die from publicity. 40 miles south, the appealing Corrag is imprisoned for her involvement within the bloodbath. Accused of witchcraft and homicide, she awaits her demise. Lonesome, she tells her tale to Charles Leslie, an Irish propagandist who seeks info to sentence the Protestant King William, rumored to be interested in the bloodbath. Hers is a narrative of ardour, braveness, love, and the magic of the flora and fauna. via telling it, she transforms either their lives.
As in her award-winning debut novel, Eve Green, Susan Fletcher exhibits that she is "a novelist with the soul of a poet" (Booklist). This deeply philosophical and dramatic booklet is set an epic historical occasion and the variation a unmarried middle can make―how deep and lasting relationships can come from the main not likely places.
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And I promise you this, Mr Leslie—it will help your cause. It will help you to bring your James back, for what I have to tell makes the Highlanders look wise, and civilised, as they are. It shows their dignity. It says the King we have now is not Orange, but blood-red. I promise you that. And in return? Speak of me. Of me. Of my little life. Speak of it, when I am gone—for who is left to tell it? None know my story. There is no one left to tell it to, so speak of it from your pulpit, or write it down in ink.
Her rings, I hear, were bitten from her hands, so that her hands were mauled most savagely. Dreadful, despicable deeds. I know this from my landlord. You’d smile, I think, at him—he has the reddest hair I’ve ever known, and red cheeks. —yet he has already accosted me more than once. Even as I arrived I felt his stealth. He said, staying long? I replied that I, like all travellers, am at the Lord’s mercy, and that He and the weather will decide on my length of stay. I think he will pry, Jane. But this may prove of use, in its way.
My lodgings here are warm, and dry. They are by the water, in a coaching inn which seems lively by day and more so at night. My rooms have a fire, and a window which looks out across the loch and its clinking ice—(I take a rather childish pleasure in seeing such coldness, whilst I am warm. I write this, and see the blueness)—and I wonder at the hardiness of these people, who live amongst such mountains and wind. The Campbells are also generous men. Their allegiance may not be my own, but I have eaten well in this inn, and our two remaining horses which have served us so well seem as happy as I am, for the food and rest.
Corrag by Susan Fletcher