Book cover design - open concepts please: Historical Novel
Title: The Pretender's Lady
Author: Alan Gold
Story: In the page-turning popular genre trail-blazed by Antonia
Fraser and Phillippa Gregory, The Pretender’s Lady, Alan Gold’s
meticulously researched novel, delves into the pages of history on a
peerless woman who helped change the course of two nations and whose
legend lives on in Scotland today.
She was the most famous Scotswoman of her day, single-handedly saving
Bonnie Prince Charlie’s life when the Duke of Cumberland became the
Butcher of the Highlands. This is her life story, fictionalized —
her relations with Prince Charlie, her flight to America when she was
betrayed, Ben Franklin’s influence and her return to Britain to
lobby for peace.
But what’s hidden from history, revealed now for the first time, is
the result of Flora’s and Charlie’s love, a beautiful and talented
boy; raised on an American farm. But only she knows his true heritage
and his claim to the world’s greatest throne. And only the genius of
Ben Franklin understands how he can use this naïve boy to change the
history of America.
ADDING SOME TEXT:
The Secret AND SCANDALOUS
Historie of Bonnie Prince Charlie,
PRETENDER TO THE STUART THRONE of England
A CERTAIN SCOTTISH MAIDEN,
MISTRESS Flora Macdonald.
She stood tall on the rock, her strong legs wide apart to brace
herself against the biting evening wind. Her hands were clenched in
defiance on her hips, her tartan skirt whipped by the strengthening
flurries, her Clan Macdonald scarf and beret proudly proclaimed her
She stood silently in contemplation, breathing deeply as she prepared
to address the multitude. They had gathered before her, thousands upon
thousands of her countrymen and women. Although she was only fifteen
years of age, she knew that her voice mustn’t fail her in the hour
of her calling; she’d been rehearsing the words for days, and now
was the moment when she would she cause the people of Scotland to rise
up against the German kings of England.
Despite the mounting howl of the wind presaging a winter storm, she
knew that if her words were to inspire, she must be audible to the
crowd. She must shout to be heard above the roaring sea and the
pounding waves. Only by being heard would her words wash over the
throng, to elevate and embolden them by her passion.
She looked at the assembled faces, row upon row of proud Scotsmen and
women; Macdonalds, and McLeans, Stuarts and McMillans, McAdams and
McGregors. Rugged men and beautiful women in their traditional clan
tartans, a vast army with swords and shields ready to defend Scotland
with their last drop of blood.
Tribal leaders who hadn’t spoken to each other in generations had
all gathered on a sandy beach on a remote island to hear the words
which young Flora would use to rouse the entire Scottish nation and
free them from the oppression of the evil King in London.
And so she began, loud and confident, proud and magnificent. “Hear
me well, my countrymen and women. Listen to my voice, for I speak to
you of great and important things. William Wallace, our leader, our
national hero, won a great victory at the battle of Stirling Bridge
fought exactly four hundred and forty years ago. Vastly outnumbered,
Wallace and Moray routed the English army led by the monstrous Earl of
Surrey. The blood of the English glistened on their swords and is
still fresh despite all the centuries which have passed; centuries in
which we Scots have been enslaved by the English.”
She could see women beginning to weep, and men, strong and robust men,
trying to mask their tears. But she had to continue.
“And just as our greatest hero led our nation to victory, so too
will I, Flora Macdonald, lead our armies and undo the terrible damage
being done to our proud Scots heritage by King George, who sits on his
throne in London. Yes, I may be but fifteen years old, but only I,
Flora Macdonald, can save you from the monstrous injustice and evil
which these foreigners have brought to our sweet land…”