The Last of the Barons by Edward Bulwer Lytton

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The Last of the Barons is a historical novel by the English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton first published in 1843. Its plot revolves around the power struggle between the English King Edward IV and his powerful minister Earl of Warwick, known as "Warwick the kingmaker".

The King is portrayed as effeminate, capricious and licentious, in contrast with the Earl, shown as a distinguished warrior and politician, great patriot and affectionate father. Other historical figures that appear frequently in the text are Duke of Clarence, Duke of Gloucester (the future King Richard III), Marquess of Montagu, and Lord Hastings.

Romance and science in the Middle Ages are the secondary themes of the novel. They are explored through Sibyll, a beautiful young maiden, and her old father, Adam Warner. Sibyll, who is in love with Lord Hastings, is inseparable from her father throughout the story. Adam is a hypomanic natural philosopher working for many years to complete his invention, a mechanical device that is supposed to carry out functions of a modern steam engine. Persecuted, mistrusted, and misunderstood, he is forced to work as a royal alchemist.

The novel ends tragically with the defeat and death of Warwick at the Battle of Barnet.

Table of Contents:

DEDICATORY EPISTLE.
PREFACE TO THE LAST OF THE BARONS

BOOK I. THE ADVENTURES OF MASTER MARMADUKE NEVILE
    Chapter I. The Pastime-ground of old Cockaigne
    Chapter II. The Broken Gittern
    Chapter III. The Trader and the Gentle; or, the Changing Generation
    Chapter IV. Ill fares the Country Mouse in the Traps of Town
    Chapter V. Weal to the Idler, Woe to the Workman
    Chapter VI. Master Marmaduke Nevile fears for the Spiritual Weal of his Host and Hostess
    Chapter VII. There is a Rod for the Back of every Fool who would be Wiser than his Generation
    Chapter VIII. Master Marmaduke Nevile makes love, and is Frightened

BOOK II. THE KING'S COURT
    Chapter I. Earl Warwick the King-maker
    Chapter II. King Edward the Fourth
    Chapter III. The Antechamber

BOOK III. IN WHICH THE HISTORY PASSES FROM THE KING'S COURT TO THE STUDENT'S CELL, AND RELATES THE PERILS THAT BEFELL A PHILOSOPHER FOR MEDDLING WITH THE AFFAIRS OF THE WORLD
    Chapter I. The Solitary Sage and the Solitary Maid
    Chapter II. Master Adam Warner grows a Miser, and behaves Shamefully
    Chapter III. A Strange Visitor. — All Ages of the World breed World-Betters
    Chapter IV. Lord Hastings
    Chapter V. Master Adam Warner and King Henry the Sixth
    Chapter VI. How, on leaving King Log, Foolish Wisdom runs a-muck on King Stork
    Chapter VII. My Lady Duchess's Opinion of the Utility of Master Warner's Invention, and her esteem for its Explosion
    Chapter VIII. The Old Woman talks of Sorrows, the Young Woman dreams of Love; the Courtier flies from Present Power to Remembrances of Past Hopes, and the World-Bettered opens Utopia, with a View of the Gibbet for the Silly Sage he has seduced into his Schemes,— so, ever and evermore, runs the World away!
    Chapter IX. How the Destructive Organ of Prince Richard promises Goodly Development

BOOK IV. INTRIGUES OF THE COURT OF EDWARD IV
    Chapter I. Margaret of Anjou
    Chapter II. In which are laid Open to the Reader the Character of Edward the Fourth and that of his Court, with the Machinations of the Woodvilles against the Earl of Warwick
    Chapter III. Wherein Master Nicholas Alwyn visits the Court, and there learns Matter of which the Acute Reader will judge for himself
    Chapter IV. Exhibiting the Benefits which Royal Patronage confers on Genius,—also the Early Loves of the Lord Hastings; with other Matters Edifying and Delectable
    Chapter V. The Woodville Intrigue prospers — Montagu confers with Hastings, visits the Archbishop of York, and is met on the Road by a strange Personage
    Chapter VI. The Arrival of the Count de la Roche, and the various Excitement produced on many Personages by that Event
    Chapter VII. The Renowned Combat between Sir Anthony Woodville and the Bastard of Burgundy
    Chapter VIII. How the Bastard of Burgundy prospered more in his Policy than With the Pole-axe — And how King Edward holds his Summer Chase in the Fair Groves of Shene
    Chapter IX. The Great Actor returns to fill the Stage
    Chapter X. How the Great Lords come to the King-maker, and with what Proffers

BOOK V. THE LAST OF THE BARONS IN HIS FATHERS HALLS
    Chapter I. Rural England in the Middle Ages — Noble Visitors seek the Castle Of Middleham
    Chapter II. Councils and Musings
    Chapter III. The Sisters
    Chapter IV. The Destrier

BOOK VI. WHEREIN ARE OPENED SOME GLIMPSES OF THE FATE BELOW THAT ATTENDS THOSE WHO ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS, AND THOSE WHO DESIRE TO MAKE OTHERS BETTER. LOVE, DEMAGOGY, AND SCIENCE ALL EQUALLY OFF-SPRING OF THE SAME PROLIFIC DELUSION, — NAMELY, THAT MEAN SOULS (THE EARTH'S MAJORITY) ARE WORTH THE HOPE AND THE AGONY OF NOBLE SOULS, THE EVERLASTING SUFFERING AND ASPIRING FEW.
    Chapter I. New Dissentions
    Chapter II. The Would-be Improvers of Jove's Football, Earth — The Sad Father and the Sad Child — The Fair Rivals
    Chapter III. Wherein the Demagogue seeks the Courtier
    Chapter IV. Sibyll
    Chapter V. Katherine
    Chapter VI. Joy for Adam, and Hope for Sibyll — And Popular Friar Bungey!
    Chapter VII. A Love Scene

BOOK VII. THE POPULAR REBELLION
    Chapter I. The White Lion of March shakes his Mane
    Chapter II. The Camp at Olney
    Chapter III. The Camp of the Rebels
    Chapter IV. The Norman Earl and the Saxon Demagogue confer
    Chapter V. What Faith Edward IV purposeth to keep with Earl and People
    Chapter VI. What befalls King Edward on his Escape from Olney
    Chapter VII. How King Edward arrives at the Castle of Middleham
    Chapter VIII. The Ancients rightly gave to the Goddess of Eloquence a Crown
    Chapter IX. Wedded Confidence and Love — The Earl and the Prelate — The Prelate and the King — Schemes — Wiles — And the Birth of a Dark Thought destined to eclipse a Sun

BOOK VIII. IN WHICH THE LAST LINK BETWEEN KING-MAKER AND KING SNAPS ASUNDER
    Chapter I. The Lady Anne visits the Court
    Chapter II. The Sleeping Innocence — The Wakeful Crime
    Chapter III. New Dangers to the House of York — And the King's Heart allies itself with Rebellion against the King's Throne
    Chapter IV. The Foster-brothers
    Chapter V. The Lover and the Gallant — Woman's Choice
    Chapter VI. Warwick returns-appeases a Discontented Prince-and confers with a Revengeful Conspirator
    Chapter VII. The Fear and the Flight
    Chapter VIII. The Group round the Death-bed of the Lancastrian Widow

BOOK IX. THE WANDERERS AND THE EXILES
    Chapter I. How the Great Baron becomes as Great a Rebel
    Chapter II. Many Things briefly told
    Chapter III. The Plot of the Hostelry — The Maid and the Scholar in their Home
    Chapter IV. The World's Justice, and the Wisdom of our Ancestors
    Chapter V. The Fugitives are captured — The Tymbesteres reappear — Moonlight on the Revel of the Living — Moonlight on the Slumber of the Dead
    Chapter VI. The Subtle Craft of Richard of Gloucester
    Chapter VII. Warwick and his Family in Exile
    Chapter VIII. How the Heir of Lancaster meets the King-maker
    Chapter IX. The Interview of Earl Warwick and Queen Margaret
    Chapter X. Love and Marriage — Doubts of Conscience — Domestic Jealousy — And Household Treason

BOOK X. THE RETURN OF THE KING-MAKER
    Chapter I. The Maid's Hope, the Courtier's Love, and the Sage's Comfort
    Chapter II. The Man awakes in the Sage, and the She-wolf again hath tracked the Lamb
    Chapter III. Virtuous Resolves submitted to the Test of Vanity and the World
    Chapter IV. The Strife which Sibyll had courted, between Katherine and herself, commences in Serious Earnest
    Chapter V. The Meeting of Hastings and Katherine
    Chapter VI. Hastings learns what has befallen Sibyll, repairs to the King, and encounters an old Rival
    Chapter VII. The Landing of Lord Warwick, and the Events that ensue thereon
    Chapter VIII. What befell Adam Warner and Sibyll when made subject to the Great Friar Bungey
    Chapter IX. The Deliberations of Mayor and Council, while Lord Warwick marches upon London
    Chapter X. The Triumphal Entry of the Earl — The Royal Captive in the Tower — The Meeting between King-maker and King
    Chapter XI. The Tower in Commotion

BOOK XI. THE NEW POSITION OF THE KING-MAKER
    Chapter I. Wherein Master Adam Warner is notably commended and advanced — And Greatness says to Wisdom, "Thy Destiny be mine, Amen"
    Chapter II. The Prosperity of the Outer Show — The Cares of the Inner Man
    Chapter III. Further Views into the Heart of Man, and the Conditions of Power
    Chapter IV. The Return of Edward of York
    Chapter V. The Progress of the Plantagenet
    Chapter VI. Lord Warwick, with the Foe in the field and the Traitor at The Hearth

BOOK XII. THE BATTLE OF BARNET
    Chapter I. A King in his City hopes to recover his Realm — A Woman in her Chamber fears to forfeit her own
    Chapter II. Sharp is the Kiss of the Falcon's Bear
    Chapter III. A Pause
    Chapter IV. The Battle
    Chapter V. The Battle
    Chapter VI. The Battle
    Chapter VII. The last Pilgrims in the long Procession to the Common Bourne

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