The Fortunes of Nigel

  • Title: The Fortunes of Nigel
  • Author: Walter Scott
  • ISBN: 9780748605774
  • Page: 183
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Fortunes of Nigel Set at the end of the reign of James VI and I The Fortunes of Nigel sits among Walter Scott s richest creations in political insight range of characterisation and linguistic virtuosity Well versed i
    Set at the end of the reign of James VI and I, The Fortunes of Nigel sits among Walter Scott s richest creations in political insight, range of characterisation and linguistic virtuosity Well versed in the political literature of the period, Scott drew a detailed picture of London in the early 17th century while charting the effects of Scottish influx into the English capSet at the end of the reign of James VI and I, The Fortunes of Nigel sits among Walter Scott s richest creations in political insight, range of characterisation and linguistic virtuosity Well versed in the political literature of the period, Scott drew a detailed picture of London in the early 17th century while charting the effects of Scottish influx into the English capital the ambitions and fears of the incomers and the suspicion they aroused The complex web of political and sexual intrigue, and especially of all important financial dealings and double dealings, is traced with a master s hand No Scott novel has a memorable cast of characters King James heads them, with his childish irresponsibility and elusive character a would be Solomon and father ofFind out what Scott really wrote Going back to the original manuscripts, a team of scholars has uncovered what Scott originally wrote and intended his public to read before errors, misreadings and expurgations crept in during production.

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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. I've been slowly reading all the Waverley novels. Nigel isn't one of my favourites among Scott's naive young male heroes, and I found the first volume, as the young Scottish lord gets himself in trouble in the London of James I & VI by following the malicious advice of a supposed friend, rather dull. Once Nigel flees into 'Alsatia', though, it picks up. I wonder if Scott's portrayal of this lawless district of London, ruled over by self-appointed criminal lordlings as a city within the city, [...]

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    2. The basic story of the fortunes of Nigel, Lord Glenvarloch, might be considered simple and might possibly be compared with a Western where the deed to the ranch is in danger. However, many elements make this story so much more than just a Polly Pureheart story with a male lead. There are definite villians, but our hero has his character flaws also, despite a certain innocence and nobility. King James, of whom I knew little more than his authorization of the translation of the Bible, was much les [...]

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    3. Set in the early Stuart years of James I (James VI of Scotland), this novel tells the story of Nigel Oliphaunt, Lord Glenvarloch, a young nobleman just returned from studies on the continent. He who must seek favor of the new king to repay money owed his father so that he can reclaim his ancestral properties in Scotland. Nigel becomes involved in this task with a vast panoply of characters, which shows Scott's real imaginative genius at its finest. David Ramsay is horologist (watchmaker) to the [...]

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    4. Greenhorn Scotch nobleman Lord Glenvarloch comes south to try and reclaim the money his father had loaned to the skinflint King James I when he was merely James VI of Scotland. He falls in with a motley crew of fellow emigres, all of whom make various plans for Nigel.The main attraction of this particular volume of the Waverley novels is Scott's partly fond, partly mocking portrayal of the ageing monarch, his patois a ripe mixture of scholarly Latin and Highland's slang, his person a mixture of [...]

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    5. Golly, this was tedious. No wonder it's one of his lesser-read works. The only redeeming features are the portrayal of King James, which I understand Scott developed from contemporary writing, and which rings true, and his usual pawky scottish servant, Richie Moniplies. Otherwise, this dreary and confused tale is one for completists only.

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