REBORN ON SOUTRA
by Thomas Hoskyns Leonard
Copyright: Thomas Hoskyns Leonard, Edinburgh, October 2017
This novel is written in a unique highly humorous and slightly Chaucerian style, and life in the Middle Ages is parodied in a Pythonesque and at times surreal fashion with some serious social messages intended for the present. The Scottish knight Sir Richard de Liddell visits the medieval hospitals on Soutra Hill on a regular basis to deliver herbal remedies from his garden on Calton Hill in Edinburgh. He is forced to seek sanctuary on the Soutra during 1436. He returns to Edinburgh in1462, as Le Chevalier Duncan Le Cottier, after a quarter-century of intrigue in York, France, and Patowmeck (in North America), during England's 100 years war with France and the subsequent dynastic struggles between the Yorkists and Lancastrians in England. There are numerous medical and psychological themes in the novel. Sir Richard suffers from a medieval form of Attention Deficit Disorder, Jonathan Hart is autistic and Count Rene of Anjou is psychopathic,
A sequel 'Knights of the Sacred Orb' is in preparation
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: My thanks to Jonathan Stone for advising me on the first few chapters, and Scott F., Lindsay Oliver, Neil Chue Hong, and other members of the erstwhile Edinburgh All Comers Writers Club for their help and advice. Thanks also to Thomas, Jamie, Penny, Julie and several members of the Open Book reading group in the Botanic Cottage for their helpful advice.
All characters in this novel, with the exception of people recorded in history, are entirely fictional. and any similarity with any real person, whether dead or alive, is completely coincidental.