THE WHITE COCKADE by Vincent  Brien


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Canadian historical novel full of pride of country depicts the emergence of national spirit as it details the battle of France and England for dominion over . Gillian de Galarde Kennedy was the son of a father killed in the Scotch Jacobite ising of 1745, which cost Ian Kennedy his life and lands and doomed Gillian to the andering of a dispossessed lord. His mother's death frees him to go to her people France; his grandfather's, four years later, frees him to go to New France-- Canada. There he serves in the Regiment de Languedoc until a provoked dueling incident causes his dismissal; he goes to the Canadian outfit, still fighting on the French side, the Chasseurs de Varennes. His personal part in the war is angled with one lady lost in treachery, another seemingly so: his lot is to discover the agents at work informing the British, which leads him to the man at the side of James Wolfe, whose earlier friendship cannot be forgotten, despite present mities. Wolfe's victory at Quebec settles the fate of Canada; Gillian settles that of a conspirator, spitting him with some fancy swordplay. The plot is byplay history, with a good deal of conversational verbosity, punctuated by military and gentlemanly encounters. Sound history, satisfactory soldiering, otherwise routine.

Pub Date: Sept. 11th, 1963
Publisher: Abelard-Schuman