Book: The Stuart Agenda by Alan Caldercategories: Book, Scotland, Scottish, Politics, Royalty, Intrigue, Romance, Suspense Thriller
Alan Calderabout this book: The Stuart Agenda had a lengthy genesis. I read a lot of history and was interested in the Stuart dynasty and keen to understand exactly why they failed and were replaced by the Hanoverians, who are still with us, albeit under an anglicised name. At the same time I came across the story of a Belgian waiter, Michel Lafosse who turned up in Edinburgh claiming to be a legitimate direct descendent of Bonnie Prince Charlie, despite history saying that the Prince died without legitimate issue. Michel dined out on his story for a while until a keen genealogist probed the family tree that backed his claim and found that it was fundamentally false.
Once the Scottish Parliament had been set up in Edinburgh with a strong SNP input I began to think the 'what if' question. With the SNP forming a government it becomes more urgent.
Getting an unknown French Stuart into position to be able to take the Scottish crown at independence presents a number of formidable challenges. I thought that the Stuart prince would need to be charismatic and prove himself in Scotland in a high profile way. He does that by playing rugby for Scotland (he qualifies thanks to his scottish granny)scoring a particularly famous try against the 'auld enemy,'and becoming captain. The other key dimension is political. His family secretly support elements within Scottish nationalism which they hope to influence in their favour.
Needless to say the Hanoverians are not happy to be threatened in Scotland and their servants do their best to disrupt the Stuart campaign. In the end it is settled by of cupid; Stuart prince meets Hanoverian princess although not everyone is happy about the dynastic compromise, including some of the Stuarts.
One friend called the story, 'strangely plausible,' but perhaps only through tartan tinted spectacles.
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