Jane Porter (1776 -1850).
The Scottish Chiefs was one of the greatest historical novels ever written. It portrays the war for Scottish Independence (1296 -1305) from the hated Roman Catholic Viking-Normans led by King Edward I.
The Viking-Normans led by William the Conqueror invaded Britain in the year 1066 and defeated the Anglo-Saxons. Then they marched northward to subdue Scotia Minor.
A century later, the grandson of William the Conqueror (Henry II) invaded Hibernia (1171) and brought that country under the Roman yoke.
King Edward I was the son of Henry III, King of England. He led the fight against William Wallace (Braveheart) and Robert the Bruce, king of Scotland.
Edward the Bruce, brother of Robert, was king of Scotia Minor. This made him the rightful king of Hibernia too. In the year 1315, he landed with a huge army and was determined to drive the Roman Catholic invaders out of Scotia Major. He was killed in battle before he accomplished that great task. Had he been successful, Rome would have been permanently expelled from the Island of Saints and Scholars!!
Sir William Wallace (Braveheart) tells the Papal envoy of King Edward I to "get lost"
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That book inspired our great American Hero President Andrew Jackson to fight another foreign invasion. He was fighting the same enemy as his noble ancestor William Wallace. A lot of the tactics that General Jackson employed were right out of its pages, especially his reliance on spies to keep track of the movement of the enemy.
The Anglo-Saxons were a fierce tribe of marauders that invaded Britain around the year 476. They destroyed all the native churches and slaughtered the Christians. They were civilized and converted to Christ by the Hibernian missionaries. The ravages of the Vikings and internal dissent stirred up by the emissaries of Rome, made them easy prey for the Norman-Vikings in 1066.