The Battle of Glenshiel, 1719. Thirteen-year-old James Lindsay watches the action unfold as the Jacobite forces supported by his family are defeated. For the rebels, it is the beginning of the end. But for James, forever marked by the battle, it is truly just the beginning.
Later, forced to flee Scotland, James finds himself on the European mainland and eventually in the Roman palace of his own "king". There, he experiences all kinds of adventure, from the romantic to the brutal. Chastened by time and experience, he gradually loses the naivety of youth and takes a more mercenary approach as the great events of history unfold.
Yet, all the while, he is aware of developing philosophies and how they are extending, slowly, into the lives of men and women - and monarchs. On he battles, through the Age of Enlightenment - until he meets a woman who challenges everything.
By My Sword Alone is a striking blend of historical novel and psychological profile that immerses listeners in the thought, politics, and bloodshed of 18th-century Europe. It will please David Black’s many fans and likely win him many more.
David Black is a former Fleet Street journalist, television reporter, and author of the popular Harry Gilmour series of novels. He lives in Ayrshire.