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In battle at Culloden Moor on April 16, 1746, the Jacobite cause was dealt a mortal blow. The power of the Highland clans was broken. And the image of sword-wielding Highlanders charging into a hail of lead delivered by the red-coated battalions of the Hanoverian army has passed into legend. 

The battle was decisive - it was a turning point in British history. And yet, our perception of this critical episode tends to be confused by mistaken, sometimes partisan views of the events on the battlefield. So, what really happened at Culloden? 

In this fascinating and original book, a team of leading historians and archaeologists reconsiders every aspect of the battle. They examine the latest historical and archaeological evidence, question every assumption, and rewrite the story of the campaign in vivid detail. This is the first time that such a distinguished team of experts has focused on a single British battle. The result is a seminal study of the subject, and it is a landmark publication of battlefield archaeology.

©2009 Tony Pollard (P)2021 Tantor

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Excellent and detailed account of events leading to Culloden.

The Jacobite Party and movement came into being in opposition to the Williamite and then Hanoverian royalty , this book gives a very informed view of the European and British context to the events from 1689 leading to Culloden.
What is particularly facinating is the detailed accounts of many of the skirmishes ( not Keith however? ) , the near misses , the variable French support , the terror the rapid movement of the Jacobites in Britain caused ( perhaps only 2,000 men ) and the skill of Charles in managing the feuding clans and ultimately the disasterous tension between Lord Murray and Charles.

This is a superb historical account of Jacobite , Scottish and British history and one I will return to often.