Crippled Splendour Author:Evan John Crippled Splendour is a historical novel about James Stewart of Scotland. Little description is available, so the dedication and author's note are reproduced here, as they have useful information: — "Dedicated to the memory of James Stewart — First of that name to rule in Scotland — Conpanion-in-Arms to Henry the Fifth — Prisoner Poet Musician S... more »oldier
Law-giver Lover and King
Of whose strange life
And terrible death
The tale is here
Of the characters in this book, those to whom no name is given are mostly imaginary. but all those who are mentioned by name represent actual, historical persons, who either might have been -- or actually were -- present on the occasions described. Of some, little or nothing is known beyond the names. Others occupy a large place in the somewhat scanty records of their times, and to these (though their motives and characters must remain largely a matter of conjecture) I have tried to avoid imputing any major action for which I cannot find warrant in contemporary State Papers or the chroniclers of the fifteenth and early sixteenth century. Where their actual words (or poems) are on record, I have taken the liberty of translating them, from Latin, French, or Mediaeval English, into a more modern idiom.
Includes a map of Scotland, a royal family tree, and a "Postscript for Pedants" which records the departures from historical record he made in the novel, for "those interested in the authenticity of the story".« less