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About the Author: Walter Scott

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Sir Walter Scott was born on August 15, 1771 in Edinburgh, Scotland. Scott created and popularized historical novels in a series called the Waverley Novels. In his novels Scott arranged the plots and characters so the reader enters into the lives of both great and ordinary people caught up in violent, dramatic changes in history.

Scott's work shows the influence of the 18th century enlightenment. He believed every human was basically decent regardless of class, religion, politics, or ancestry. Tolerance is a major theme in his historical works. The Waverley Novels express his belief in the need for social progress that does not reject the traditions of the past. He was the first novelist to portray peasant characters sympathetically and realistically, and was equally just to merchants, soldiers, and even kings.

Central themes of many of Scott's novels are about conflicts between opposing cultures. Ivanhoe (1819) is about war between Normans and Saxons. The Talisman (1825) is about conflict between Christians and Muslims. His novels about Scottish history deal with clashes between the new English culture and the old Scottish. Scott's other great novels include ,i>Old Mortality (1816), The Heart of Midlothian (1819), and St Ronan's Well (1824). His Waverley series includes Rob Roy (1817), A Legend of Montrose (1819), and Quentin Durward (1823).

Scott's amiability, generosity, and modesty made him popular with his contemporaries. He was also famous for entertaining on a grand scale at his Scottish estate, Abbotsford.


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Paperback, Published in Oct 2006 by Aegypan

ISBN10: 1598184776 | ISBN13: 9781598184778

Page count: 416

Scott's novels and poetry are still widely read and many of his works remain classics of both English-language literature and of Scottish literature. Famous titles include Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, Old Mortality, The Lady of the Lake, Waverley, The Heart of Midlothian and The Bride of Lammermoor. * * * The Abbot revolves around the escape of Mary Queen of Scots from imprisonment in Loch Leven Castle and her flight to England following the battle of Langside. Her page, Roland Graeme, has been instructed to spy on her -- but his sense of honor, his loyalty to Mary (instilled by his Catholic grandmother, Madgalen Graeme), and his love for one of Mary Stuart's attendants, prevent him from betraying her. When it comes to it, in fact, he will aid her cause. . . .

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