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Talisman by Sir Walter Scott
Book DescriptionThe second of Tales of the Crusaders, The Talisman is set in Palestine during the Third Crusade (1189 - 92). Scott constructs a story of chivalric action, apparently adopting a medieval romance view of the similarities in the values of both sides. But disguise is the leading theme of the tale: it is not just that characters frequently wear clothing that conceals their identity, but that professions and cultures hide their true nature. In this novel the Christian leaders are divided by a factious criminality, and are contrasted to the magnanimity and decisiveness of Saladin, the leader of the Moslem armies. In a period when the west was fascinated with the exotic east, Scott represents the Moslem other as more humane than the Christian west. The Talisman is one of Scott's great novels. It is a superb tale. It is also a bold departure as, for the first time, Scott explores not cultural conflict within a country or society but in the opposition of two world religions.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780748605828
(216mm x 138mm x 36mm)
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 1-Oct-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Set amid the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, the action-packed story reflects the oppressive social conditions of 18th-century Scotland and offers a stirring vision of the Highlanders' battle for dignity and justice.
Bride of Lammermoor, Paperback (June 2017)
This installment of Scott's Waverly novels takes place in the early 1700s and tells of a doomed romance between a maiden and her family's sworn enemy. Basis for Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor.
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Author Biography - Sir Walter Scott
J. B. Ellis is a retired lecturer in English Literature, the University of Edinburgh. J. H. Alexander is Reader Emeritus in English at the University of Aberdeen. P. D. Garside is Professor of Bibliography and Textual Studies, University of Edinburgh and editor of James Hogg's A Queer Book and Walter Scott's Guy Mannering and Waverley. David Hewitt was Regius Chalmers Professor of English Literature at the University of Aberdeen and is Editor-in-chief of the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels.
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