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The Pirate: Illustrated By Walter Scott
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The Pirate is set at the end of the seventeenth century, a few decades earlier than the real-life events, on which they are loosely based. The editors of the recent Edinburgh Edition of the novel,... More > Mark Weinstein and Alison Lumsden, convincingly argue that the plot unfurls between July and August 1689, against the back-drop of the Glorious Revolution. By moving events further into the past, Scott was able to portray tension between the native Norse stock of the Northern Isles and the incoming Scots lairds. He is thus able to portray the old order succumbing to the new both locally and nationally.< Less
Kenilworth By Walter Scott
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In this exciting novel, the legend of Amy Robsart and her secret marriage to the Earl of Leicester comes alive in a blend of historical fact and fanciful fiction.
Peveril of the Peak By Walter Scott
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Here is a plot without a drop of blood; and all the elements of a romance, without its conclusion', comments the King towards the end of Scott's longest, and arguably most intriguing, novel. Set... More > against the backdrop of the Popish Plot to overturn Charles II, "Peveril of the Peak" explores the on-going tensions between Cavalier and Puritan loyalties during the fraught years of Restoration England. Ranging from Derbyshire to the Isle of Man and culminating in London it is a novel which interweaves political intrigue, personal responsibilities and the ways in which the forces of history are played out in the struggles of individual human lives. But its true subject is perhaps the role of narration and the limits of storytelling itself.< Less
The Fortunes of Nigel By Walter Scott
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Set at the end of the reign of James VI and I, The Fortunes of Nigel is among Walter Scott's richest creations in its political insight, range of characterization, and linguistic virtuosity. Well... More > versed in the political literature of the period, Scott draws a detailed picture of London in the early seventeenth century while charting the effects of the Scottish influx into the English capital, the ambitions and fears of the newcomers, and the suspicion they aroused. The complex web of political intrigue and financial double-dealings are traced with a master's hand. Steeped in Jacobean drama, this tale shows Scott revelling in the linguistic riches of the age.< Less

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