Kenilworth

Paperback | September 1, 1999

byWalter ScottIntroduction byJ. H. AlexanderEditorJ H Alexander

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In the court of Elizabeth I, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, is favoured above all the noblemen of England. It is rumoured that the Queen may chose 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. Meanwhile Leicester's manservant Varney has sinister designs on Amy, and enlists an alchemist to help him further his evil ambitions. Brilliantly recreating the splendour and pageantry of Elizabethan England, with Shakespeare, Walter Ralegh and Elizabeth herself among its characters, Kenilworth (1821) is a compelling depiction of intrigue, power struggles and superstition in a bygone age.

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 Walter Scott’s magnificent Kenilworth recreates the drama, the strange mixture of assurance and profound unease of the Elizabethan age in this story of Amy Robsart. Married to the Earl of Leicester, Amy is confined to Cumnor Place thanks to the Queen’s iron will. Her marriage is a secret so as not to incur royal displeasure. Rich in c...

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In the court of Elizabeth I, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, is favoured above all the noblemen of England. It is rumoured that the Queen may chose 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 hou...

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EDITED WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY J. H. ALEXANDER-- Based on the acclaimed Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels-- The first authoritative edition drawn from Scott's original texts-- With a special introduction for the Penguin Classic edition 'No historian's Queen Elizabeth was ever so perfectly a woman as the fictitious Elizabeth of K...

Walter Scott (1771-1832) was an extremely influential novelist, establishing the form of the historical novel and the short story. He wrote both dramas and novels, including The Antiquary and The Tale of Old Mortality. J. H. Alexander is currently a Reader in English at the Unversity of Aberdeen and has published critical studies of W...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 7.79 × 5.1 × 0.95 inPublished:September 1, 1999Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Walter Scott’s magnificent Kenilworth recreates the drama, the strange mixture of assurance and profound unease of the Elizabethan age in this story of Amy Robsart. Married to the Earl of Leicester, Amy is confined to Cumnor Place thanks to the Queen’s iron will. Her marriage is a secret so as not to incur royal displeasure. Rich in character, melodrama and romance, Kenilworth is a fascinating read.