The Abbot

  • Title: The Abbot
  • Author: Walter Scott
  • ISBN: 9781596054288
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Abbot The course of life to which Mary and her little retinue were doomed was in the last degree secluded and lonely varied only as the weather permitted or rendered impossible the Queen s usual walk in t
    The course of life to which Mary and her little retinue were doomed, was in the last degree secluded and lonely, varied only as the weather permitted or rendered impossible the Queen s usual walk in the garden, or on the battlements from The Abbot.They were the literary phenomenon of their time The Waverly novels, 48 volumes set in fanciful re creations of the Scotti The course of life to which Mary and her little retinue were doomed, was in the last degree secluded and lonely, varied only as the weather permitted or rendered impossible the Queen s usual walk in the garden, or on the battlements from The Abbot.They were the literary phenomenon of their time The Waverly novels, 48 volumes set in fanciful re creations of the Scottish Highlands and other lands of centuries past, published between 1814 and 1831 and devoured by a reading public hungry for these sweeping, interconnected melodramas The series popularized historical fiction, though they re also abundant in astute political and social commentary The Abbot, Volume 21 of Waverley, follows directly on from The Monastery Volume 18 and features a vividly depicted Mary Queen of Scots during the time of her imprisonment at Lochleven Castle.Scottish novelist and poet Sir Walter Scott 1771 1832 , a literary hero of his native land, turned to writing only when his law practice and printing business foundered Among his most beloved works are The Lady of the Lake 1810 , Rob Roy 1818 , and Ivanhoe Waverley Volumes 16 and 17 1820.

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    About Walter Scott


    1. Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name 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 ,iOld 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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    1. The novel should rather have been entitled 'The Page', as it is essentially the story of one Roland Graeme, later revealed to be Roland Avenel, rather than that of any of the abbots - and there are three of them, who tangentially appear at various points throughout the story. Alternately, it could also be called 'The Escape of Mary', since a good portion of the novel concerns the imprisonment of Mary of Scotland by the forces of the Regent, her relative, and those of the Protestant faith who wis [...]

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    2. I hadn't realized that Walter Scott wrote something like 48 novels, and he certainly had a way with the plot line. Lots of adventures and twists and turns. The language is sprinkled with Scottish terms that are unknown to me, but these are deftly managed to never interfere with the reader's comprehension of the tale. Instead, they convey a feeling of a culture apart from England. I do not know how much of the historical events surrounding Mary Queen of Scots are accurate, but I guess they are tr [...]

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    3. I'm beginning to regret my resolution to read all the novels of Sir Walter Scott. I'm working chronologically (written order, not historical order, Sir W didn't care about historical accuracy so why should I) and I'm still not half way through. I regret to say that this one was a real slog. It's not about an Abbot really, and the links with The Monastery don't really matter - Halberd changes character completely between novels, and there is no supernatural element here. No, it's really about Mar [...]

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    4. I read this as a teenager in a much abridged translation, and after reading the original I understand why. Scott's original is fairly heavily loaded with formulaic expositions about religious adherence, and indulges a lot in lengthy, dramatic, lovestruck dialogue. Not only are these not to the modern taste, the constant reference to the sectarian conflict between catholics and protestants creates distance between the author and most modern readers, who just don't feel that strongly about it any [...]

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    5. This is part 2 of The Monastery. I enjoyed the story, the characters, the adventure, the romance, as well as the history.

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    6. About a boy becoming a man during the tumultuous time of Queen Mary of Scotland. There was continued conflict between the Catholics and the Reformed Protestants with a lot of theology batted about.

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    7. A great followup to The Monastary.

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    8. This one by Scott I could not finishtedious.

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    9. I couldn't finish it!

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