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OT: The History of Scotland

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Fev 13, 2014, 1:53pm

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Fev 13, 2014, 4:07pm

Yes, I do have the Folio Edition of the History of Scotland (Knox and Houston) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is more social than martial in nature, so if you are looking for detailed accounts of the Battle of Stirling Bridge or others then look elsewhere. I would recommend it for certainly a great overview of Scotland's history but if you want to focus on the centuries that certainly Steveenson and Scott deal with you might look to TC Smout's A History of the Scottish People 1560-1830 which is very good. Also Scotland's Books: The Penguin History of Scottish Literature is a great companion.

Fev 13, 2014, 11:14pm

Regarding Ivanhoe, I have not read this for perhaps 35 years, so my recollection is limited to plot outline and overall (juvenile) reception. I don't recall any disappointment, then yet again I was barely adolescent when I read it, therefore perhaps this is a good time to read it again!

Fev 14, 2014, 12:33pm

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Fev 14, 2014, 4:44pm


Yes, I think your review highlights an issue that other author's suffered from at the hands of crtitics regarding the comprehensive nature of Scott's style. Hugo suffered the same damnations for writing Les Miserables and having the audacity of writing fulsomely on the Battle of Waterloo.
I often remind myself that Scout was a complete literary superstar in his era and regardless of what his critics say, his readers loved him and lapped up his works.
Nice review by the way.

Fev 14, 2014, 6:05pm

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Fev 14, 2014, 6:24pm


I am unsure how predisposed you are to read digital texts, nonetheless should that be not wholly unfavourable, I would recommend Waverley which I love. Here is a list of various places where it can be accessed.


I also unreservedly recommend for accuracy and superior formatiing, Delphi Classics digital editions. You can get at amazon or on the website here. the dedicated website often has an offer on the go, usually bottom left of homepage.


Scott is here http://www.delphiclassics.com/shop/sir-walter-scott/

In traditional book form, you may wish to start with Rob Roy, which I am also reading. I am only on chapter 11 or so, so not too much of the way into it. It might be worth reading together and having a bit of a chin wag at the close?

Whatever choice, enjoy!

Fev 24, 2014, 3:39pm

I have the Delphi Classics Complete Works from Amazon's digital library which was either $2US or free, I don't remember which and am slowly making my way through them. I'm reading them in chronological order and have so far read Waverley, Guy Mannering, The Antiquary, Black Dwarf, Old Mortality, Rob Roy, and The Heart of Midlothian. Next up The Bride of Lammermoor. Each of these so far has been set in close proximity, both in time and place to major events in recent, to Scott, Scottish History. I'm learning a lot about the people who settled the forest vastnesses of the Apple Chain, (or, more properly, the Appalachian, I don't suppose you ever refer to the Grampians as the Grumpy Ones) mountains of North America. It has been incredibly enlightening.

BTW, I'm reading these for enjoyment and one follows closely on the next, so while I know I was at Preston Pans I can't tell you in whose company. Likewise, I've stood toe-to-toe with the enemy at Bothwell Brigg but I can't tell you who was beside me. However, I can tell you with whom I helped hang Jocko Porteus. But you'll have to read The Heart of Midlothian to find out.

I wish I knew more about the geography of Scott's Scotland.

Fev 24, 2014, 8:36pm

> Wonderful stuff. I have not read Heart of Midlothian although I intend to soon; this year at least.

Jun 28, 2019, 4:54pm

Just to update this thread and to mention that I did indeed read Heart of Midlothian and it surely is one of Scott's finest. It's just sad that Scott has fallen out of fashion these days, and so many are missing out on the treasury of his works.