The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne [NOOK Book]

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The novel is a set in a powerful landscape which became familiar in her later work, with complex clan feuds and mysterious romantic intrigues played out against a backdrop of ruined medieval castles and rugged Scottish coastlines. Each of the characters can be defined by their passions: The present Earl of Athlin, Osbert, is driven by a passionate desire to avenge his father’s murder at the hand of Malcolm, the Baron of Dunbayne. His sister, Mary, is ever swooning and fainting in an attempt to resist her passion ...
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The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne

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Overview

The novel is a set in a powerful landscape which became familiar in her later work, with complex clan feuds and mysterious romantic intrigues played out against a backdrop of ruined medieval castles and rugged Scottish coastlines. Each of the characters can be defined by their passions: The present Earl of Athlin, Osbert, is driven by a passionate desire to avenge his father’s murder at the hand of Malcolm, the Baron of Dunbayne. His sister, Mary, is ever swooning and fainting in an attempt to resist her passion for Alleyn, a highlander not of noble birth. Alleyn is likwise driven to heroic deeds of rescue because of his love for Mary. Even the villain, Baron Malcolm, is driven by his desire—first a desire to kill Osbert; it is later supplanted by his desire to possess Mary. Although the passions of its leading characters dominate the plot, the castles of the title are as central to the narrative, establishing an enduring Gothic trope.

Set in the Middle Ages against the melancholy beauty of mountains and rugged coasts of the Scottish Highlands, this book tells the story of the warring clan chieftains of Athlin and Dunbayne, recounting low-born Alleyn's quest for love and honor. One of the earliest Gothic tales, it alternates scenes of passionate feeling with breakneck pursuit.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781304063472
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Publication date: 5/23/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,241,935
  • File size: 463 KB

Meet the Author

Alison Milbank is a freelance writer and editor. She has also edited Ann Radcliffe's A Sicillian Romance in World's Classics

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

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    Great Story, But Way Too Short

    This book had the potential to be a great epic tale between two rival families over domain and a beautiful woman. It had so much potential, but alas it was Ann Radcliffe's first novel. Don't get me wrong! It is a great story! However, it is so short that you don't get to know some of the characters very well, such as the Baroness (Louisa), Laura, and the Count de Santmorin.

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