On this day in Scottish History ...
On this day in 1305, the English captured William Wallace near Glasgow. Scotland's Guardian was found guilty of treason, to which he responded,
I can not be a traitor, for I owe him no allegiance. He is not my Sovereign; he never received my homage; and whilst life is in this persecuted body, he never shall receive it.
I knew little of Scottish history until I discovered romance through Cathy Maxwell's A MARRIAGE CONTRACT, weaving Scottish life after the Jacobite Rebellion into its story:
He was a man exiled from society - handsome, unpredictable, and proud. Dark rumours surrounded his name. But Anne Burnett had signed a marriage contract binding her to Aiden Black, the Earl of Tiebauld. And although she′d never met him, she′s determined to keep her word and make theirs a marriage in truth. Because a well-bred lady with little fortune to recommend her has no choice.
Cathy's novel, and many more Avon romances to follow, inspired me to visit Scotland. I searched out crumbling castles, listening for romantic spirits as the wind blew through the ruins. Alba - the Gaelic name for Scotland - mesmerized me with its magic and mystery. Eleven years after THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT, Cathy returned readers to Alba in LYON'S BRIDE, Book One of the Chattan Curse:
When a Chattan male falls in love, strike his heart with fire from above...
As I look at my pictures from Alba, I imagine these words whispering through the fallen strongholds that once proudly guarded the Scottish Clans. The clans who wept for William Wallace. The clans who remain proud of his legacy.