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Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Black Arrow” (1888)

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) is perhaps most famous nowadays for his brilliant novel, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886). This post, however, is about a now little-known novel that he authored entitled The Black Arrow, which was...

Robert Louis Stevenson, ‘The Tale of Tod Lapraik’ #RLSDay #History

Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘The Tale of Tod Lapraik’ is set on the Bass Rock, a government fortress and prison for Covenanters in the 1670s and 1680s. His story was, in part, based on stories of the Covenanter, Alexander Peden, that are...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 10 Nov 2015

Robert Louis Stevenson, ‘Heathercat’

Damn History. RLS was bound to write a novel on the Covenanters and Killing Times, the stories he had grown up on, but he died before he completed it … You just know that Stevenson had drunk deeply on Patrick Walker’s works, especially his...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 4 Nov 2015

Robert Louis Stevenson, ‘Heathercat’, Chapter II

For the first chapter of Stevenson’s Heathercat, see here. Chapter II FRANCIE ‘Francie was eleven years old, shy, secret, and rather childish of his age, though not backward in schooling, which had been pushed on far by a private governor,...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 4 Nov 2015

Robert Louis Stevenson, ‘Heathercat’, Chapter III

In the third chpter of Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Heathercat’, the field preaching minister is based on Alexander ‘Prophet’ Peden. When Stevenson died, he left this chapter in manuscript. Recently, Gillian Hughes has discovered...
From: Jardine's Book of Martyrs on 4 Nov 2015

White Slavery in the English Colonies

I am probably straying into the territory of my fellow hoyden, Kim Murphy, but I recently had cause to research the plight of "white slaves" in England's colonies in the seventeenth century. In the horrendous history of black slavery in the...
From: Hoydens & Firebrands on 25 Nov 2012

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