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The Stuart Agenda
by Alan Calder
Release Date: 07/07/11
Genre: Mystery
Pages: 241
Publisher: Willow Moon Publishing
Format ISBN Price
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E-Book 1468055909
Print 9781468055900
Author Page: Alan Calder
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              The Stuart Agenda by Alan Calder -  Synopsis

 

Robert Lafarge is the hereditary Royal Stuart heir in a legitimate, but unrecognised direct line from Bonnie Prince Charlie. By the time Robert is at Gordonstoun, the clandestine funding of the Scottish Independence Party has been running for ten years, guided by his great uncle Leo Stuart. The objective is to put in place more able leaders sympathetic to the Stuart cause. Leo’s main early advisor, Bernard Frank, owner of a large PR agency in Paris, recruits famous Scottish film star, Peter Christie, as front man in Scotland. He quickly becomes Chairman of the Party on the basis of his apparent generosity.

     At Gordonstoun, Robert excels at rugby, but falls out spectacularly with the unpleasant Hanoverian Prince Henry, heir to the British throne. In the school holidays Robert tours the highlands in the footsteps of Bonnie Prince Charlie. At Culloden, he makes an emotional personal commitment to become King of Scotland. At Edinburgh University, Robert is soon in the Scottish rugby team thanks to his skill and his Scottish granny and scores a famous try against England in the Calcutta Cup.

    Piers Ross, a journalist, reports suspicions about Christie’s funding of the Party to his friend, Jamie Scott, from the Scottish office of MI5. Jamie uncovers the conspiracy by trapping Bernard Frank into a confession. MI5 start surveillance of Robert in Edinburgh, but are spotted and forced to back off. Robert starts an affair with Tina, later revealed to be an MI5 plant, his new fitness trainer at the rugby club.

     Leaving a lecture at the university, Robert is kidnapped and driven to the Balmoral estate, where he suffers torture and a mock beheading at the hands of Prince Henry, before making his escape.

     Robert is appointed Captain of the Scottish rugby team and meets the Patron and sister of Henry, the beautiful Princess Victoria. It is love at first sight for them both, but secret. A frustrated MI5 decide to leak the conspiracy in the hope of undermining the Independence Party, but that merely galvanises Christie and his feisty young protégé, Angela Brown, to action. They stage a theatrical political coup, taking over the Party and adding a Stuart restoration to the manifesto. The Hanoverian Monarchy, resigned to losing Scotland, propose a dynastic marriage, which is eagerly accepted by Robert and most of the family, but not Leo. After the engagement party, where Prince Henry behaves bizarrely towards him, Robert goes walking in the Cullins of Skye. He survives an attack from a helicopter co-piloted by a friend of Prince Henry.

    Angela Brown and Christie win a stunning election victory, giving them a mandate for Independence. Angela makes a deal with the Leader of the UK Conservatives who want a quick separation. The very popular Robert gets approval from the Scots in a special plebiscite. The crown will be his.

    A secret ceremony at Rosslyn Chapel, before the pomp of St Giles Cathedral and a wedding breakfast on Princes Street, complete the nuptials for the Royal couple. At the wedding breakfast it becomes clear that Leo’s beautiful wife, Francoise, was the original mastermind behind the conspiracy.

    After the Coronation ceremony, performed at Murrayfield by the Dali Lama, an assassin is discovered and shot by Tina, who is on security duty. Rogue elements within MI5 are flushed out and Prince Henry at last confronted and temporarily banished. Conspiracy theorists, apparently guided by a knowledgeable invisible hand begin to piece together the role played by Prince Henry, undermining his prospects of succeeding to the English throne. Jacobites salivate at the prospect of the Stuarts also taking over the English throne, neatly reversing over three hundred years of

Hanoverian supremacy.          

 

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