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Sep 13 2017 1:30pm

5 Things You Might Not Have Guessed About Highland Warriors

Laird of Darkness by Eliza Knight

Today we're thrilled to welcome Eliza Knight (Laird of Darkness) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Like any good historical romance author, Eliza has done a lot of research on Scotland and our beloved Highlanders. She's here today to discuss all of the most surprising fun facts she learned about Highlanders in her research. Thanks, Eliza!

Being a history nerd, doing research for my books is a lot of fun. I often get sucked down paths that don’t have anything to do with my story. Along the way, I’ve found a few fun things you might not have guessed about Highland warriors.

1. The Scots fought for hundreds of years against the English, but maybe it wasn't such common knowledge that clans would often switch sides. Or perhaps, you might have known that but thought it was only for money or land. The MacDougall Clan, which my latest series is based on, ended up switching sides during a battle, because of a vendetta. The chief of the MacDougall Clan at the time was married to a relative of a the English king's “choice” for the Scots throne (his puppet). The “puppet” was murdered in a church by Robert the Bruce. My clan was appalled that Bruce would do such a thing, violating sanctuary, but didn't take into consideration that Bruce did this partly to avenge his wife, daughter, sisters and a countess who helped crown him, after they were taken from a church and held hostage, two of them hung in cages outside castles (his sister and the countess)... It was so brutal back then! In my latest book, the son of the chief who switched sides, wants to bring his clan back onto what he considers the right side—that of the Bruce. 

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