'Who was this man Charles Edward Stuart who became known to legend as Bonnie Prince Charlie?' Frank McLynn pursues this fascinating question in his highly acclaimed study of the 'Young Pretender', whose unsuccessful challenge to the Hanoverian throne was followed by the crushing defeat at Culloden in 1746. The prince was to play out the rest of his career dogged by a sense of failure and betrayal. Yet Frank McLynn argues powerfully that failure was far from inevitable and history in 1745 came closer to taking a quite different turn.
Frank McLynn is currently Visiting Professor in the Department of Literature at Strathclyde University. His most recent books include Carl Gustav Jung (short-listed for the 1997 NCR Award), Napoleon, 1066, Villa and Zapata and Wagons West.