Explain the politics involved in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales that sets the climate for the war in 1745.
Explain why Brigham, a titled, wealthy and respected citizen of England, sides with the Scots in a war that gains him nothing. What about his heritage is part of his decision? What about his personal code is part of the decision?
What is it about the Scots that make them so different from the English? Is it just their language, customs or beliefs?
There are several examples of loyalty in the story. Give examples of these and explain how they impact on the plot of the novel.
What is it about Brigham that he so easily builds a trusting relationship with young Malcolm?
So much of the novel is based on Serena's dislike and distrust of anyone English. Explain why she has such difficulty getting beyond this in her relationship...
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