The book presents the novel “Harold, The Last Of The Saxon Kings”.
A fascinating fictionalised story of the life of Harold Godwinson, the last Anglo-Saxon King of England, written by bestselling novelist and coiner of such phrases as "the pen is mightier than the sword" and "It was a dark and stormy night," Edward Bulwer-Lytton.
Harold Godwinson, (1022 – October 14, 1066 A.D.) also known as Harold II, is widely regarded as the last Anglo-Saxon King of England before the Norman Conquest. Harold reigned from January 5 1066 until his death at the Battle of Hastings on 14 October of that same year, fighting the Norman invaders, led by William the Conqueror.
The book presents the novel “Harold, The Last Of The Saxon Kings”.
В шестой том собрания сочинений Бульвер-Литтона вошел роман «Гарольд, последний король англосаксов», рассказывающий о незаконнорожденном Вильгельме Завоевателе, сыне Роберта Дьявола, и Гарольде, последнем короле Англосаксонском. Между этими легендарными личностями существует тесная связь, понять которую можно, прочитав этот роман.
На долю Великобритании в древние времена выпала нелегкая участь быть неоднократно завоеванной и разграбленной.
Сначала это были римляне во главе с Цезарем, затем пикты и скотты, которые не упускали случая напасть на соседние племена бриттов, потом англосаксы под предводительством Генгиста и Горза.
В IX веке семь англосаксонских государств (или графств) были объединены в одно под властью короля Эгберта и получили общее название Англия.
После смерти Эгберта англосаксам пришлось вступить в борьбу с народами Севера – норманнами, ужасавшими своими набегами всю Западную Европу. Первыми напали на Англию датчане и даже основали на острове «область датского права». Но от их присутствия страну избавил король Альфред Великий, который разбил датские дружины в 880 и 893 годах...
Bulwer Lytton wrote about his novel:
"Lucretia; or, The Children of Night," was begun simultaneously with "The Caxtons: a Family Picture." The two fictions were intended as pendants; both serving, amongst other collateral aims and objects, to show the influence of home education, of early circumstance and example, upon after character and conduct. "Lucretia" was completed and published before "The Caxtons." The moral design of the first was misunderstood and assailed; that of the last was generally acknowledged and approved: the moral design in both was nevertheless precisely the same. But in one it was sought through the darker side of human nature; in the other through the more sunny and cheerful: one shows the evil, the other the salutary influences, of early circumstance and training. Necessarily, therefore, the first resorts to the tragic elements of awe and distress,—the second to the comic elements of humour and agreeable emotion. These differences serve to explain the different reception that awaited the two, and may teach us how little the real conception of an author is known, and how little it is cared for; we judge, not by the purpose he conceives, but according as the impressions he effects are pleasurable or painful. But while I cannot acquiesce in much of the hostile criticism this fiction produced at its first appearance, I readily allow that as a mere question of art the story might have been improved in itself, and rendered more acceptable to the reader, by diminishing the gloom of the catastrophe. In this edition I have endeavoured to do so; and the victim whose fate in the former cast of the work most revolted the reader, as a violation of the trite but amiable law of Poetical Justice, is saved from the hands of the Children of Night.
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.
Zanoni, a timeless Rosicrucian brother, cannot fall in love without losing his power of immortality; but he does fall in love with Viola Pisani, a promising young opera singer from Naples, the daughter of Pisani, a misunderstood Italian violinist. An English gentleman named Glyndon loves Viola as well, but is indecisive about proposing marriage, and then renounces his love to pursue occult study. The story develops in the days of the French Revolution in 1789. Zanoni has lived since the Chaldean civilisation. His master Mejnor warns him against a love affair but Zanoni does not need. He finally marries Viola and they have a child. As Zanoni experiences an increase in humanity, he begins to lose his gift of immortality. He finally dies in the guillotine during the French Revolution.
Роман Эдуарда Бульвер-Литтона «Призрак» (в оригинале «Zanoni») описывает историю любви и стремлений к тайным знаниям. Молодой человек по имени Занони, член древнего тайного общества, влюбляется в талантливую певицу Виолу Пизани, дочь неаполитанского композитора и скрипача Гаэтано Пизани. Поклонник Виолы Глиндон также любит ее, однако видит в Занони учителя, имеющего возможность открыть ему оккультные знания. История развивается во времена Французской Революции 1789 года.
Historical novel "Rienzi" is a story about one of the heroes of the Italian Renaissance.
The novel is set in Italy of the XIV century. Cola di Rienzi, seeking to strengthen Rome and the welfare of the people, becomes a tribune. And this creates a reason for many of the intrigues against me, against those whom he loves and who loves him... Intertwined, the fate of the characters in this book are striking primarily for its uniqueness.
В четвертый том Собрания сочинений Эдуарда Бульвер-Литтона вошел роман «Кола ди Риенцо, последний римский трибун».
Действие романа происходит в Италии XIV века. Кола ди Риенцо, заботясь об укреплении Рима и о благе народа, становится трибуном. И этим создает повод для множества интриг против себя, против тех, кого он любит и кто любит его… Переплетаясь, судьбы героев этой книги поражают прежде всего своей необычностью.
The book includes the novel “Alice, or The Mysteries”, a sequel to “Ernest Maltravers”.
A young woman, escaped from her criminally-minded father, finds kindness in Ernest Maltravers. During their brief time together, Alice and Ernest fall in love, only to be separated by a kidnapping. The mysteries include how how the two will find each other and the strange role of the supernatural.