Scottish Chiefs / Edition 1

Scottish Chiefs / Edition 1

by Jane Porter, Fiona Price
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Scottish Chiefs / Edition 1

Rooted in political controversy, gender warfare, violence, and revolution, Jane Porter’s The Scottish Chiefs is the epic story of William Wallace’s struggle for Scottish independence from English rule. After the cruel death of his wife at the hands of the English, Wallace embarks on a patriotic crusade to free Scotland, gathering around himself loyal followers of both sexes, drawn from across Scottish society. Using the cross-dressing motifs of romance, Porter demonstrates that women have a crucial role to play in the drama of national identity, either as temptresses or national heroines. The Scottish Chiefs is a landmark in the development of the historical novel, and explores vital questions of patriotism, civic duty, heroism, and the role of women.

This Broadview edition offers a critical introduction and important historical contexts for the novel in the form of reviews, excerpts from Porter’s prefaces, and other contemporary accounts of William Wallace.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781551115986
Publisher: Broadview Press
Publication date: 04/20/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 792
Sales rank: 1,103,016
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.25(d)

Table of Contents

Jane Porter: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text

The Scottish Chiefs,A Romance

Appendix A: Additional Prefatory Material

  1. Preface to a subsequent edition, added in the year 1828
  2. A Retrospective Introduction to the Standard Edition of The Scottish Chiefs (1831)
  3. Recollective Preface (1840)

Appendix B: Contemporary Reviews of the 1810 and 1831 Editions

  1. The Gentleman’s Magazine (1810)
  2. The Scots Magazine (1810)
  3. Monthly Magazine (1811)
  4. The Aberdeen Magazine (1831)
  5. Fraser’s Magazine (1835)

Appendix C: From Thomas Carlyle, “Miss Baillie’s Metrical Legends,” New Edinburgh Review (October 1821)

Appendix D: From William Hamilton, A New Edition of the Life and Heroic Actions of the Renown’d Sir William Wallace (1786)

Appendix E: Representations of Wallace

  1. Robert Burns, “Scots wha hae” (1803)
  2. From Felicia Hemans, “Wallace’s Invocation to Bruce: A Poem” (1819)
  3. From Joanna Baillie, “A Metrical Legend of William Wallace” (1821)
  4. From Thomas Campbell, “The Dirge of Wallace” (1829)

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bocraedere More than 1 year ago
A poor OCR, a poor scan, or both - I deleted it after trying to decipher the first page. Pity; I imagine I would have liked this one. I gave it one star; evidently I am not allowed to not give it any stars.
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