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The Abbot (Illustrated) [NOOK Book]

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? The book is an edited and illustrated version of the original one and includes 18 or more unique illustrations which are relevant to its content.
? "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 ...
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The Abbot (Illustrated)

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Overview

• The book is an edited and illustrated version of the original one and includes 18 or more unique illustrations which are relevant to its content.
• "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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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940016003511
  • Publisher: Five Star Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/16/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2007

    Mary Queen of Scots is Defeated and Flees to England

    In 1820 in very short order Sir Walter Scott followed up THE MONASTERY with THE ABBOT. Several fictitious and historical characters of the former reappear and are joined by related new faces. Scott was tempted to name the second novel MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, but then people would read it for the wrong reason: simply because of the fame and glamor of Mary Stuart. *** The Reformation took hold in Scotland decades later in Scotland than in England but had far more popular support. Indeed Scotland, unlike the England of 'Bluff King Hal'' went Protestant not because of but in the teeth of its ruler, the Queen. Young Mary, who had returned a widow from France to resume at age 18 her Scottish throne in 1561, was forced only six years later, in 1567, to abdicate at age 24 in favor of her infant son, proclaimed King James VI of Scotland. *** Some characters associated with the Queen's downfall are among the most despicable in Scottish history, including Lords Ruthven, Morton and Lindesay. All appear in THE ABBOT. Fictional characters, especially teen age page Roland Graeme, the Novel's hero, bumble unwittingly through life clueless that they will be sucked into the rescue of Mary Stuart from Lochleven Castle and her final ten days of freedom on Scottish soil. *** Queen Mary's forces soon lose a decisive battle against her half-brother, the Regent for the infant James VI. 'God and the Queen! resounded from the one party, God and the King! thundered from the other while, in the name of their sovereign, fellow-subjects on both sides shed each other's blood, and, in the name of their Creator, defaced his image' -- Ch. 37. *** Before that battle of Langside, the fictional last Abbot of Melrose Abbey, had exhorted a distraught Queen Mary: 'Bear yet up, madam -- your foes are the foes of Holy Church, and God will this day decide whether Scotland shall be Catholic or heretic' -- Ch. 37. And 'heretic' Scotland definitively became. *** Scott always believed that the Reformation was intended by God. Roland Graeme, the teen-age hero, in the end became Protestant, despite powerful Catholic ties. Two years after Mary fled to England, Roland married her attendant, the noble Catherine Seyton. Meanwhile his noble ancestry had been attested as well as the clandestine wedding of his parents. Catherine remained Catholic. But Scotland went almost solidly Calvinist. *** THE ABBOT is full of color and drama, of religious controversy, iconoclasm, mocking of Catholic rites, intrigue, amours and the sad, sad tale of Mary Queen of Scots. -OOO-

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