In this novel, Chris runs a boarding house and becomes a minor character, while her son, young Ewan Tavendale, takes the major role as a political activist.Similarly, this book reflects the increasing urbanization of Scotland.
This mirrors the move of Scots away from the land to the towns.
The third book, Grey Granite, sees Chris, again a widow, move to the fictional large city of Duncairn (a composite of Aberdeen and other Scottish industrial cities).
I am depressed by the cosmetics of the mortuary, the neat and tidy but still rather stiff view of Beowulf I think we get in modern editions of the poem.
What makes me a little nervous about my analogy is that all of Wiglafs efforts were in vain.
Late in the sixth century there was a spiritual invasion by Christian missioners sent by Pope.