Marmion by Sir Walter Scott

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Marmion is an epic poem by Walter Scott about the Battle of Flodden (1513). It was published in 1808.
The poem tells how Lord Marmion, a favourite of Henry VIII of England, lusts for Clara de Clare, a rich woman. He and his mistress, Constance De Beverley, forge a letter implicating Clara's fiance, Sir Ralph De Wilton, in treason. Constance, a dishonest nun, hopes that her aid will restore her to favour with Marmion. When De Wilton loses the duel he claims in order to defend his honour against Marmion, he is obliged to go into exile. Clara retires to a convent rather than risk Marmion's attentions. Constance's hopes of a reconciliation with Marmion are dashed when he abandons her; she ends up being walled up alive in the Lindisfarne convent for breaking her vows. She takes her revenge by giving the Abbess who is one of her three judges documents that prove De Wilton's innocence. De Wilton, having returned disguised as a pilgrim, follows Marmion to Edinburgh where he meets the Abbess, who gives him the exonerating documents. When Marmion's host, the Earl of Angus is shown the documents, he arms De Wilton and accepts him as a knight again. De Wilton's plans for revenge are overturned by the Battle of Flodden. Marmion dies on the battlefield, while De Wilton displays heroism, regains his honour, retrieves his lands, and marries Clara.

The Lay of the Last Minstrel by Sir Walter Scott

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The Poem "The Lay of the Last Minstrel" is intended to illustrate the customs and manners which anciently prevailed on the Borders of England and Scotland. The inhabitants living in a state partly pastoral and partly warlike, and combining habits of constant depredation with the influence of a rude spirit of chivalry, were often engaged in scenes highly susceptible of poetical ornament. As the description of scenery and manners was more the object of the Author than a combined and regular narrative, the plan of the Ancient Metrical Romance was adopted, which allows greater latitude, in this respect, than would be consistent with the dignity of a regular Poem. The same model offered other facilities, as it permits an occasional alteration of measure, which, to some degree, authorizes the change of rhythm in the text. The machinery, also, adopted from popular belief, would have seemed puerile in a Poem which did not partake of the rudeness of the old Ballad, or Metrical Romance.

The Keepsake Stories by Sir Walter Scott

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The Keepsake Stories is the title given to three short stories by Sir Walter Scott which appeared in The Keepsake For 1829, a literary annual published for Christmas 1828. The short stories were entitled "My Aunt Margaret's Mirror", "The Tapestried Chamber" (or, "The Lady in the Sacque"), and "Death of the Laird's Jock".
Charles Heath had originally planned for Scott to become the editor of the annual, offering him £800. Scott refused but accepted £500 for these three stories, which had been intended for the Chronicles of the Canongate, but had already been rejected by Cadell. The annual also included Scott's "A Scene at Abbotsford."

The Abbot by Sir Walter Scott

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Walter Scott is the author of numerous historical novels are very popular, as in the XIX, XX and XXI century.
"The Abbot" is a continuation of the very successful novel "The Monastery". He helped Scott restore his reputation, which after the release of "Ivanhoe" has risen to unreachable heights. As in the previous novel, the main action swirls around the struggle between Catholics and Protestants, but also revolves around Mary Queen of Scots, her imprisonment, escape and subsequent destruction.

The Monastery by Sir Walter Scott

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Walter Scott – the founder of the historical novel in England, a classic of world literature.
The book presents the novel "The Monastery", which is like the novel "The Abbot", part of a series "Tales from Benedictine Sources". The action is centred on the Monastery of Kennaquhair, probably based on Melrose Abbey in south east Scotland, on the River Tweed. At this time, circa 1550, the Scottish Reformation is just beginning, and the monastery is in peril.
A love story is interwoven as the Glendinning boys fall in love with Mary Avenel. Edward ends up becoming a monk, and Halbert finally marries Mary, after service with the Earl of Murray.

Count Robert of Paris, Castle Dangerous by Sir Walter Scott

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Count Robert of Paris (1832) was the second-last novel by Walter Scott. It is part of Tales of My Landlord, 4th series.
Set in Constantinople at the time of the First Crusade, Count Robert of Paris portrays the impact of Western medieval values and attitudes on the sophisticated Romano-Greek classical society of the Byzantine Empire. The two main characters are Count Robert, a Frankish knight, and Hereward, an Anglo-Saxon refugee from the Norman conquest of England, serving as a mercenary soldier in the Varangian Guard of the Emperor Alexios I Komnenos. Count Robert was an actual but minor historical figure who disrupted negotiations between the Crusader leaders and the Emperor by occupying the latter's throne when it was temporarily vacated.
Castle Dangerous (1831) was the last of Walter Scott's novels published in his lifetime. It is part of Tales of My Landlord, 4th series.
The story is set in Ayrshire and Lanarkshire around 1306, shortly after the death of William Wallace during the Wars of Scottish Independence. Lady Augusta has promised to marry Sir John de Walton provided that he can maintain possession of the castle he has captured for a year and a day. Regretting her promise, she resolves to travel in disguise to the castle to find some method of subversion.
The story had already been told in brief in his Essay on Chivalry, and in spite his failing health and a recent decline in popularity due to his politics, Scott made an effort to visit the area to collect information and adjust descriptions. Pained by James Ballantyne's criticisms of Count Robert of Paris, and by Ballantyne's unexpected disagreement on the subject of the recent Reform Bill, Scott did not discuss the book with him.
Only one ruined tower remains of Douglas Castle, and that tower dates from the 17th century. Scott called this area "Douglasdale" in the preface of this book.

The Bride of Lammermoor, A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott

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Walter Scott – the founder of the historical novel in England, a classic of world literature.
The book presents two novels which were published together in 1819 - "The Bride of Lammermoor" and "A Legend of Montrose". Both novels were included in the third part of the series "Tales of My Landlord".
"The Bride of Lammermoor" is called the most tragic novel by sir Walter Scott – it most ominous prophecies, and, in addition, both main characters die. The plot of the novel is based on real events: the bride, secretly married, married unloved. On the wedding night in a fit of madness, she tries to kill groom, and a month later dies.
In "A Legend of Montrose" describes the events of the rebellion of Montrose in 1645 against Parliament in defence of Charles I. The Main driving force of the uprising was the highlanders who fought for the liberation of their country.

The Heart of Mid-Lothian by Sir Walter Scott

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Walter Scott – the founder of the historical novel in England, a classic of world literature. The book includes "Scottish" novel by sir Walter Scott's "The Heart of Mid-Lothian", which tells about a simple girl Jeanie Deans, who grew up in a family of fanatic and Puritan. The main character in the course of the story solves the moral dilemma: a "little" lie or the truth. She chooses the truth. Solving the problems encountered with the outcome of her choice, she embarks on foot across the country to the Queen, gets an audience, etc.
"The Heart of Mid-Lothian" undoubtedly one of the best novels of Walter Scott.

The Black Dwarf, Old Mortality by Walter Scott

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Walter Scott is a classic of world literature, the founder of the historical novel in England. The book includes two historical novel series "Tales of My Landlord" describing recent, for the author, the story of his beloved Scotland - "The Black Dwarf" and "Old Mortality".
In the "The Black Dwarf " describes the events of the Jacobite rebellion of 1707. One of the main characters of this novel sinister dwarf, Elshie saves the beauty and gives it happily married.
In "Old Mortality" the author tells about the famous uprising of 1679 in Scotland. In his novel Walter Scott describes the real heroes of those events, and gives a vivid description of the life of the people of the time, but don't forget about the romantic component.