The Lady of the Lake

The Lady of the Lake

by Walter Scott


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The Lady of the Lake by Walter Scott

With buoyant spirit Scott wrote The Lady of the Lake, originally published in 1810, and its extraordinary success justified his expectations. Scott, in speaking of this poem, says, "The ancient manners, the habits and customs, of the aboriginal race by whom the Highlands of Scotland were inhabited, had always appeared to me peculiarly adapted to poetry. The change in their manners, too, had taken place almost within my own time, or at least I had learned many particulars concerning the ancient state of the Highlands from the old men to the last generation. I had also read a great deal, seen much, and hear more, of the romantic country where I was in the habit of spending every autumn; and the scenery of Loch Katrine was connected with the recollection of many a dear friend and marry expedition of former days. This poem, the action of which lay among scenes so beautiful, and so deeply imprinted upon my recollections, was a labor of love; and it was no less so to recall the manners and incidents introduced. The frequent custom of James IV., and particularly of James V., of walking through the kingdom in disguise afforded me the hint of an incident which never fails to be interesting if managed with the slightest address or dexterity." Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), was a British writer of ballads and historical novels, a genre he developed. His works include Waverley (1814) and Ivanhoe (1819).

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ISBN-13: 9781727272895
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/12/2018
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet (15 August 1771 - 21 September 1832) was a Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet, popular throughout much of the world during his time.
Scott was the first English-language author to have a truly international career in his lifetime, with many contemporary readers in Europe, Australia, and North America. His novels and poetry are still read, and many of his works remain classics of both English-language literature and of Scottish literature. Famous titles include Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, The Lady of the Lake, Waverley, The Heart of Midlothian and The Bride of Lammermoor.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ive loved this book since i was a little girl and my great aunt would read passages of it to me.
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James Stewart, James V of Scotland (1512 - 1542), became king when 17 months old. He died unwounded after losing a battle to the English when barely 30 years old. He left an infant daughter as heir: Mary Queen of Scots. His mother was Margaret Tudor, sister of England's King Henry VIII. King James's widowed mother remarried, Archibald Douglas, 6th Earl of Angus in 1525. For three years James's stepfather kept him a virtual prisoner till he escaped in 1528 and began to act as king in his own name. His hatred for the mighty Douglas earl extended to all major figures of the Douglas clan. *** Walter Scott's THE LADY OF THE LAKE is a narrative poem of 1810 in six cantos. It sketches six days in the young king's life and relates it to a fictitious brother of the Earl of Angus, James Douglas, and his beautiful young daughter Ellen. The King hates the very name of Douglas and has banished the entire clan leadership from Scotland, including Ellen's father. The two have taken refuge on an island in Loch Katrine in the Trossachs highlands with Black Roderick (Roderick Dhu) head of the rebellious Clan Alpine, which included its most numerous branch, the MacGregors. *** The king, who loves to wander among his people anonymously, loses his way while hunting a stag, is given hospitality as 'James Fitz-James, Knight of Snowdoun,', develops a crush on Ellen and returns to Stirling Castle. *** Meanwhile Lord James Douglas and Helen's preferred suitor, Malcolm Graeme, come to Roderick's castle. Word arrives that King James is about to invade Clan Alpine land. James and Ellen Douglas therefore seek shelter elsewhere to spare the Clan. Roderick gathers his followers for battle, after a pagan ritual and the sending of his messenger, Malise, to rally every able-bodied man by means of the burning cross. Later the King mortally wounds Roderick, is reconciled to James Douglas and approves Ellen's marrying young Malcolm Graeme. *** I love, and hope that you will as well, the color and music of Scott's verses and will complete this review by sharing two passages with you without comment. There are many other verses as good or better. *** --Canto Three, Stanza XII. Roderick Dhu despatches his man Malise to carry the burning cross summoning the clansmen to battle. Stanza after stanza Malise courses over river and up mountain. Speed is the motif. The Brian mentioned is the half-crazed hermit who has blooded and burnt the sticks of yew and formed them into a cross. Doom befall any follower of Roderick who did not instantly leave plow, bride or other duty to race toward Lanrick mead. *** 'Then Roderick with impatient look From Brian¿s hand the symbol took: *** `Speed, Malise, speed¿ he said, and gave The crosslet to his henchman brave. ¿The muster-place be Lanrick mead¿­ Instant the time¿¿­speed, Malise, speed!¿ *** Like heath-bird, when the hawks pursue, A barge across Loch Katrine flew: High stood the henchman on the prow So rapidly the barge-men row, The bubbles, where they launched the boat, Were all unbroken and afloat, Dancing in foam and ripple still, When it had neared the mainland hill *** And from the silver beach¿s side Still was the prow three fathom wide, When lightly bounded to the land The messenger of blood and brand.' *** --Canto Five, Stanza xxx King James, angered by the fickle mob's rising resentment at his arresting Lord James Douglas, after the latter had come to make peace with Clan Alpine, rides haughtily back into Stirling Castle. Earlier the same subjects had cheered their king. How fickle is their loyalty. He speaks aside to his trusted aide, Lord Lennox, like some latter- day Coriolanus: *** The offended Monarch rode apart, With bitter thought and swelling heart, And would not now vouchsafe again Through Stirling streets to lead his train. *** ¿O
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Okay, thank you. XD anyway, nice story! -Jaysoar
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