In the court of Elizabeth I, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, is favoured by the Queen and it is rumoured that she may choose him for her husband. But Leicester has secretly married the beautiful Amy Robsart. Fearing ruin if this were known, he keeps his lovely young wife a virtual prisoner in an old country house.
|Penguin Classics; 2017
Guy Mannering is an astrologer who only half-believes in his art. Instead he places his faith in patriarchal power, wealth and social position. However the Scotland of this novel is a nation in which the old hierarchies are breaking down and each social group lives by its own laws.
Scott's noble knight, Ivanhoe, returns home from the Crusades to claim Rowena, an Anglo-Saxon princess, to be his bride. Before long he is embroiled in the struggle between Prince John and his brother Richard the Lionheart.
THE LADY OF THE LAKE
This classic narrative poem, set in the Trossachs region of Scotland, is composed of six cantos, each of which concerns the action of a single day. The poem has three main plots: the contest among three men to win the love of Ellen Douglas; the feud and reconciliation of King James V of Scotland and James Douglas; and a war between the lowland Scots and the highland clans.
Set in the mid-eighteenth century in the fictitious third Jacobite rebellion, Redgauntlet tells of Darsie Latimer, a student of law who becomes embroiled in a plot to put Prince Charles Edward (aka, Bonnie Prince Charlie) on the British throne.
Banished from his father's house, Frank Osbaldistone becomes involved in the conspiracy surrounding the disastrous Jacobite rising of 1715. His adventures take him to "MacGregor's country", across the Highland Line, where his path crosses with the mysterious maverick outlaw known as Rob Roy.... and he finds cruelty, heartbreak, and some unlikely friends.
Edward Waverley, a naïve, sensitive young man, is posted to Scotland with his regiment, and becomes caught between the clans of the Jacobite Rising and the forces of the Hanoverian regime. He must decide whether he will follow the civilization he has always known, or be drawn into an older world of honour and loyalty - and must also choose between the quiet, constant Rose, and the passionate, principled Flora.