At the V.P.C. we love history and have recently discovered on Amazon Prime a fabulous US TV series called ‘Outlander’; adapted from the series of novels by writer Diana Gabaldon it is based on historical facts that many of us in the UK have grown up with such as the Jacobite Risings of 1745, especially those of us lucky to be direct descents of Highlanders. A brief outline follows, just incase you are now intrigued:
“1946, and Claire Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband Frank. It’s a second honeymoon, a chance to learn how war has changed them and to re-establish their loving marriage. But one afternoon, Claire walks through a circle of standing stones and vanishes into 1743, where the first person she meets is a British army officer – her husband’s six-times great-grandfather. Unfortunately, Black Jack Randall is not the man his descendant is, and while trying to escape him, Claire falls into the hands of a gang of Scottish outlaws, and finds herself a Sassenach – an outlander – in danger from both Jacobites and Redcoats.
Marooned amid danger, passion and violence, her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.” Amazon Book Description
So, back to the plot, what is Rhenish? Consumed in quite large quantities by Claire Beacham Randall as guest of Laird Colum MacKenzie to make life more bearable; on further investigation I have found it to be something very simple to those of us in Europe. The word Rhenish is Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French reneis, from a medieval Latin alteration of Latin Rhenanus, from Rhenus ‘Rhine’. Simply, it’s a drink most of us have on the table at anytime, or in my Bistro/off-license in Barnstaple, it’s wine produced along the Rhine in Germany. I shall investigate further as to whether there is a particular “type” and blog my findings at a later date.
For those of you glued to BBC’s production of Poldark, or wanting more “Mr Darcy” moments from Pride and Prejudice then it really is worth you watching Outlander if you have Prime, for those of you who don’t you are just going to have to wait and see if it makes it’s way to the TV screen or maybe DVD. I can recommend the series of book.
If you want a sneak peak, here’s the trailer below for Season 1. Packed with many actors you will know and love and some you are just going to love from the start!
If you are an Outlander fan, say hello in the comments box below.