QUEEN HYNDE of Berigonium, Scotland by James Hogg (Abridged by William Clark)
stirring, verse account of adventure and romance set in the
early Scotland of saints and swordsmen. The young, Scottish
rule, and seek a husband, whilst in imminent peril from a
Story OutlineThe story of Queen Hynde brings in St. Columba, the great monastic leader, as the Queen's loyal adviser. Known as "Calumn the Dove", he attempts to negotiate a peace with the Norse invaders but war breaks out.
A powerful Viking warrior seeks to take Queen Hynde as his wife, and means to do so by force of arms. He has a young nephew of noble instincts who falls foul of "Wicked Wene" one of the queen's impish ladies-in-waiting. She is the most notable character in the book. Hogg has captured the spirit of teasing, mischievous young womanhood at its very best.
The narrative ranges from Appin through Benderloch and Connel to Dunstaffnage and then across the water to Iona and Ireland. It moves to a climax with the priests of Odin about to sacrifice the maidens on the top of Berigonium, and offers an explanation of how the fortress became a vitrified remain.
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Looking like a sea deity facing the ocean this curious rock formation is close to Queen Hynde's ancient palace of Berigonium, Benderloch, Lorn, Argyll, Scotland.
Berigonium Palace Benderloch, Lorn, Argyll, Scotland. (Artist's impression)
William Turner painted Stonehenge 1825 - 1828. Was he inspired conciously or unconciously by the final scenes of Queen Hynde published in 1825 by James Hogg who was known as The Ettrick Shepherd?
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