“Never turn your back on a broadsword.”
— Neil Oliver
This is a brutal test of patience for me. BBC is currently running more savage tales of clan warfare in Scotland with Neil Oliver’s Blood of the Clans. As the ladies of Clan Cornelius can attest, we got our money’s worth purchasing Oliver’s Rise of the Clans from Amazon Prime. I’ve watched it a number of times. It’s excellent background for a kettlebell workout when you’re forced indoors by, say, the worst air quality in the world. That three-parter took on the rise of Robert Bruce at the beginning of the 14th Century, the unbelievably vicious game of thrones among the Stewart family in the 15th Century, and the sad demise of Mary Queen of Scots in the 16th Century.
Blood of the Clans presents the clan warfare that was woven into the 17th Century Civil War that rocked both England and Scotland; the 18th Century tale of the Highland Rogue Rob Roy MacGregor (one of my favorite Frontier Partisans tales of all time); and the Jacobite Rising of 1745. I am gnawing on the spine of a blade, because it ain’t available yet in the States, and BBC’s online iWatch is only available in the UK due to rights issues.
Surely this will land on some streaming service in the U.S. soon enough, whereupon you will hear may shouting a bloodcurdling war cry and see a full on Highland charge to get it downloaded.