Essay Topic 1
Explain the politics involved in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales that sets the climate for the war in 1745.
Essay Topic 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
What is it about the Scots that make them so different from the English? Is it just their language, customs or beliefs?
Essay Topic 4
There are several examples of loyalty in the story. Give examples of these and explain how they impact on the plot of the novel.
Essay Topic 5
What is it about Brigham that he so easily builds a trusting relationship with young Malcolm?
Essay Topic 6
So much of the novel is based on Serena's dislike and distrust of anyone English...
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