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The Prescient Miss Jane Porter

In Stuff We Like on August 9, 2014 at 10:27 am

Bright was the summer of 1296. The war which had desolated Scotland was then at an end. Ambition seemed satiated; and the vanquished, after having passed under the yoke of their enemy, concluded they might wear their chains in peace. Such were the hopes of those Scottish noblemen who, early in the preceding spring, had signed the bond of submission to a ruthless conqueror, purchasing life at the price of all that makes life estimable – liberty and honour.

(The opening of Jane Porter’s The Scottish Chiefs, 1810)