OUTLANDER -- A SEPTEMBER PROGRAM PRESENTED BY MARTA AND GAIL

Part I

I am a fan of Diana Gabaldon’s books, particularly the Outlander series. Diana J. Gabaldon is an American author, known for the Outlander series of novels. Her books merge multiple genres, featuring elements of historical fiction, romance, mystery, adventure and science fiction/fantasy. The books have been turned into a television series starring Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser and Caitronia Balfe as Claire Randall Beauchamp Fraser.

Born: January 11, 1952 (age 66 years), Williams, Arizona, United States

Nationality: American

SpouseDoug Watkins

EducationNorthern Arizona University

ChildrenSam SykesLaura GabaldonJenny Gabaldon

Part II

There are 8 main books (each 1000+ pages long) written by Diana Gabaldon (accent on the 1st syllable of last name). She has also written about 10 novellas (the size of normal books) about some of the minor characters in the main books. I've read them all multiple times and am currently rereading them until the 9th main book is supposed to be published this year. The TV show is currently filming its 4th season and won't be available till November. Until then, we fans call this period of time "Droughtlander." The books are historical fiction, romance, time travel, and medicinal, just to name a few genres.

 

1. Time Travel Is Real

You don’t need to believe in dragons or zombies dwelling beyond the wall but if you’re staunchly anti–time travel (do you also hate birthdays and glitter?), you’ll have no fun reading this series. Also, you probably won’t have much fun in life. The entire series is predicated upon the fact that moving between times (SEXY TIMES) is a thing which is indeed possible. Hence Claire Randall falling from the 20th century to the 18th century through a ring of stones just outside Inverness.

 

2. Magic & Science Are Equals

This is, to me, one of the greatest things about the series. Although Claire is a woman of science, she does not rule out the possibility of something existing beyond her scientific reasoning. This also goes for Jamie, her gigantic Scottish paramour. He doesn’t necessarily know what he believes in, but he keeps an open mind. The willingness and guile of the central characters is captivating and feels totally authentic. I wish I could believe I’d stay so calm if I woke up and it was the middle ages. In book terms, I’d probably spend 60 to 80 pages weeping and throwing up and going “no, no, no, no.” That would not make for very compelling reading.

 

3. Know Your Clans

Not since Braveheart has something stirred the Scot in me so! The Scottish clans Claire interacts with (especially in book one) put every single mafia movie to shame. Banish all thoughts of dudes in kilts being charming and hurling around small trees (though, I mean, that’s part of it). The schemes, betrayals, and intrigue put Robert the Bruce to shame.

 

4. Love Is Complicated

Is there space in a person’s heart for two people? That’s a question that’s pretty central to the series, at least insofar as our protagonist Claire’s story goes. Don’t be fooled by others into thinking you’re diving headfirst into a consequence-free lovefest across the heath. Claire’s story is much more complex than that. Watching as she navigates her feelings for her first husband, Frank, and her feelings for her second husband, Jamie, is absolutely riveting and at times, heartrending. Also there is much lovin’ across the heath, but WHATEVER, it’s great.

 

5. The Jacobites Do Not Play

Even if you go into this saga knowing nothing about political climates in England, France, and Scotland in the 18th century, you will come away, if not an expert, than at least insanely curious. I maybe finished the second book and bought an excellent book about Bonnie Prince Charlie. There is zero shame in that game, y’all.

 

6. Girl Power

The best thing about a thoroughly modern woman traveling back in time are all the opportunities she gets to be like, “WOMEN ARE THE GREATEST,” and Claire does this often. She has no time for fools or misogyny. Granted, this occasionally means people try to kill her and maybe some folks think she’s a witch, but that comes with the territory. That said, in the first book there is some disturbing Jamie-punishing-Claire-via-spanking stuff that happens.

 

7. Gingers Rule

Oh sure, people might argue the idea of male redheads as sex symbols, but Jamie Fraser? Jamie Fraser steps on your petty tress-based prejudices. He laughs at them, auburn locks shimmering in the sunlight. He is tough, strong, sexy, goofy, and basically the king of all that is hot and awesome. I’ll admit a bias here, but Frank and his “delicate hairless hands” never stood a chance.

 

8. Genres Are Overrated

People will try to tell you these books are romance novels. They are wrong. People will try to tell you they are fantasy novels. They are also wrong. In fact, no matter what anyone tries to tell you these books are—science-fiction, historical fiction, thrillers—they are wrong. The best thing about the Outlander series is its ability to bust through the strictures of genre. There is quite literally something for everyone in this series.

Part III

Scotland is a country that is part of the United Kingdom and covers the northern third of the island of Great Britain. It shares a border with England to the south, and is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east and the North Channel and Irish Sea to the south-west. In addition to the mainland, the country is made up of more than 790 islands including the Northern Isles and the Hebrides.

 

The Kingdom of Scotland emerged as an independent sovereign state in the Early Middle Ages and continued to exist until 1707. By inheritance in 1603, James VIKing of Scots, became King of England and King of Ireland, thus forming a personal union of the three kingdoms. Scotland subsequently entered into a political union with the Kingdom of England on 1 May 1707 to create the new Kingdom of Great Britain. The union also created a new Parliament of Great Britain, which succeeded both the Parliament of Scotland and the Parliament of England. In 1801, Great Britain itself entered into a political union with the Kingdom of Ireland to create the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

Within Scotland, the monarchy of the United Kingdom has continued to use a variety of styles, titles and other royal symbols of statehood specific to the pre-union Kingdom of Scotland. The legal system within Scotland has also remained separate from those of England and Wales and Northern Ireland; Scotland constitutes a distinct jurisdiction in both public and private law. The continued existence of legaleducationalreligious and other institutions distinct from those in the remainder of the UK have all contributed to the continuation of Scottish culture and national identity since the 1707 union with England.

Scotland is divided into 32 Subdivisions (known as local authorities, or "councils"). Glasgow City is the largest subdivision in Scotland in terms of population, with Highland being the largest in terms of area. Limited self-governing power is devolved from the Scottish Government, such as education, social services and roads and transportation, to each subdivision, with decision making being decided by councillors who are elected at local elections every five years. The head of each subdivision is usually the Lord Provost alongside the Leader of the Council with a Chief Executive being appointed as director of the council area.

 

In 1997, a Scottish Parliament was re-established, in the form of a devolved unicameral legislature comprising 129 members, having authority over many areas of domestic policy. The head of the Scottish Government is the First Minister of Scotland who is supported by the Deputy First Minister of Scotland, who, alongside their responsibilities at Deputy First Minister is also a cabinet secretary within the Scottish Government. Scotland is represented in the United Kingdom Parliament by 59 MPs and in the European Parliament by 6 MEPs. Scotland is also a member of the British–Irish Council, and sends five members of the Scottish Parliament to the British–Irish Parliamentary Assembly.

Part IV

The Reivers - Gail’s Scottish History

One of my earliest families to come to Nova Scotia were the MacKay-Turnbull family. They arrived in 1765, ill-prepared for the harsh Canadian winter and had to be rescued by some Acadian neighbours. History records the Mackay-Turnbulls as cattle rustlers or reivers from along the border between England and Scotland. In the Outlander books we see the Reivers preying on the small farms and villages,

Part VI

Scottish Speech Lesson--First, a children’s song.

The Broon Coo

O, the broon coo's broken oot an eaten a' the hay 
The broon coo's broken oot an eaten a' the hay 
The broon coo's broken oot an eaten a' the hay 
The hay, the hay, the hay, the hay, the hay, the hay, the hay!! 

O, the broon coo's broken oot an eaten a' the neeps 
The broon coo's broken oot an eaten a' the neeps 
The broon coo's broken oot an eaten a' the neeps 
Did ye ever see such an ill-trickit beast? 

O, the broon coo's broken oot, she's in amang the corn 
The broon coo's broken oot, she's in amang the corn 
The broon coo's broken oot, she's in amang the corn 
Haud her in aboot, or she'll dae it again the morn. 

O, the broon coo's broken oot, she's in amang the strae
The broon coo's broken oot, she's in amang the strae 
The broon coo's broken oot, she's in amang the strae 
She's frightened a' the hennies an' she's ca'ad them aff the lay 

O, the broon coo's broken oot, she's chasin a' the ducks
The broon coo's broken oot, she's chasin a' the ducks 
The broon coo's broken oot, she's chasin a' the ducks 
They're rinnin' roon the fairmyaird an' they're hidin' in the neuks. 

O, the broon coo's broken oot, she's chased the yowes awa' 
The broon coo's broken oot, she's chased the yowes awa' 
The broon coo's broken oot, she's chased the yowes awa' 
I'm gaun tae catch her an pit her in her sta'! 

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