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The Bride of Lammermoor By Walter Scott W.M. Parker The Bride of Lammermoor The most haunting and Shakespearean of Sir Water Scott s novels The Bride of Lammermoor is a fast paced tragedy set in late seventeenth century Scotland The book opens as Lord Ravenswood dies in a fu
  • Title: The Bride of Lammermoor
  • Author: Walter Scott W.M. Parker
  • ISBN: 9780460011297
  • Page: 305
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Bride of Lammermoor By Walter Scott W.M. Parker The most haunting and Shakespearean of Sir Water Scott s novels, The Bride of Lammermoor is a fast paced tragedy set in late seventeenth century Scotland The book opens as Lord Ravenswood dies in a furious rage, deprived of his title and removed from his estate by a clever lawyer, Sir William Ashton.His son, the Master of Ravenswood, inherits his father s bitterness againThe most haunting and Shakespearean of Sir Water Scott s novels, The Bride of Lammermoor is a fast paced tragedy set in late seventeenth century Scotland The book opens as Lord Ravenswood dies in a furious rage, deprived of his title and removed from his estate by a clever lawyer, Sir William Ashton.His son, the Master of Ravenswood, inherits his father s bitterness against Ashton, and lives in his family s sole remaining homestead, the ruined tower of Wolf s Crag But when Ravenswood falls in love with Ashton s daughter, the shy, beautiful Lucy, her diabolical mother takes extreme measures to thwart the match.Lady Ashton forces her daughter to marry another man, the Laird of Bucklaw, and Lucy agrees, despairing that her true love has abandoned her When Ravenswood reappears directly after the wedding, he flies into a fury and challenges Lucy s husband and brother to duels That same night, Lucy stabs Bucklaw and dies soon after Ravenswood, rushing to meet his erstwhile opponents, dies as well, swallowed by quicksand.A story of immense, gloomy power, infused with unforgiving spirit and loneliness of the Scottish Isles, The Bride of Lammermoor s somber tone is relieved by the comic effect of Ravenswood s elderly butler, Caleb Baldertsone, and his increasingly desperate and ridiculous attempts to rehabilitate the family s name.
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      Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name Sir Walter Scott was born on August 15, 1771 in Edinburgh, Scotland Scott created and popularized historical novels in a series called the Waverley Novels In his novels Scott arranged the plots and characters so the reader enters into the lives of both great and ordinary people caught up in violent, dramatic changes in history.Scott s work shows the influence of the 18th century enlightenment He believed every human was basically decent regardless of class, religion, politics, or ancestry Tolerance is a major theme in his historical works The Waverley Novels express his belief in the need for social progress that does not reject the traditions of the past He was the first novelist to portray peasant characters sympathetically and realistically, and was equally just to merchants, soldiers, and even kings.Central themes of many of Scott s novels are about conflicts between opposing cultures Ivanhoe 1819 is about war between Normans and Saxons The Talisman 1825 is about conflict between Christians and Muslims His novels about Scottish history deal with clashes between the new English culture and the old Scottish Scott s other great novels include ,iOld Mortality 1816 , The Heart of Midlothian 1819 , and St Ronan s Well 1824 His Waverley series includes Rob Roy 1817 , A Legend of Montrose 1819 , and Quentin Durward 1823.Scott s amiability, generosity, and modesty made him popular with his contemporaries He was also famous for entertaining on a grand scale at his Scottish estate, Abbotsford.

    483 thoughts on “The Bride of Lammermoor”

    1. Around the time of the union between Scotland and England 1707, great changes are occurring in that ancient an often unhappy land of the north, rebellion is always beneath the calm surface, in uneasy Scotland Rivalries, family blood feuds, and just plain hate political contests between Whigs and Tories for power, but with a polite face shown Edgar , the son of the late Lord Ravenswood, his downfall caused by Sir William Ashton a devious lawyer or a honest man, depending on your side of the aisle [...]


    2. This is an impressive work, one that can be enjoyed by fans of the historical novel, the gothic novel and the novel of ethnic character provided they accept The Bride as a not completely effective fusion of the three and are willing to adjust their expectations accordingly The essential plot the story of the dispossessed Master of Ravenswood now living on top of a promontory overlooking the sea in a half ruined castle and how he falls in love with the daughter of his mortal enemy, eventually lea [...]


    3. Seriously gothic fans, listen up This is your ultimate indulgence This is ridiculously over the top The characters actually swish their cloaks and make dark, portentous pronouncements Wolves really howl at the moon, the dudes really live in broken down castles Ladies go mad Men lose their inheritance and swear revenge Old family feuds Star crossed lovers Though let s note about that that they make no sense and the hero seems to be Eh, well, she s a chick, she loves me I m pretty cool, I should [...]


    4. The Bride of Lammermoor is surprisingly funny It s about two Scottish families who, through the centuries, fight over the same fortune and land holdings One family wrests it away from the other branch and a century or so later another grabs it back and so on As the book opens Lord Ravenswood has just lost his father and his fortune It s reverted back to the Ashton s In his anguish Ravenswood decides to go back to the house he grew up in and confront Ashton but along the way some wayward cows get [...]


    5. I read this book after working on the opera based on it which, it turns out, has relatively little to do with the novel after all While the opera is boiled down to the story of two star crossed lovers, the novel puts the lovers on the back burner, preferring to concentrate its focus on creating a record of Scottish politics and daily life at the turn of the 18th century This is evident in the care and detail Scott devotes to describing, say, hospitality rituals, about which he goes on and on Con [...]



    6. Donizetti s opera, Lucia di Lammermoor, is based on this novel by Sir Walter Scott Published in 1819, Scott s narrative is set in southern Scotland and traces the tragic love affair of Lucy Ashton and her family s enemy, Edgar Ravenswood Lucy s father has, through shady legal maneuvering, taken possession of all the properties of the ancient and honorable Ravenswood family, leaving Edgar as the family s role and impoverished survivor Intent of revenge, Edgar unwillingly falls in love with Lucy a [...]


    7. I truly thought my whole life would pass without any Walter Scott, but I picked up this paperback for pennies at a sidewalk sale because I m drawn to old paperbacks There it sat along with all my other sidewalk sale finds until I reread Madame Bovary, which contains a scene in which Emma and Charles Bovary attend a performance of Donizetti s opera Lucia di Lammermoor, which is loosely based on this novel Another novel whose occupants attend this opera is Where Angels Fear to Tread So then I watc [...]



    8. This is my first contact with Sir Walter Scott and i must say i am surprised i took me so long to read any of his work The story was quite interesting.Set in the end the 18th Century, in Scotland, it is the tale of the unfortunate love and tragedies of Edgar the Master of Ravenswood and Lucy Ashton.It might not be an original story, but the setting was fascinating, with a background of Scottish superstitions and legends.I always enjoy this kind of historical fiction, it always made me dream of a [...]


    9. Free download available at Project Gutenberg.From BBC Radio 4 Classical Serial Mike Harris adapts Sir Walter Scott s The Bride of Lammermoor.The novel is set in the Lammermuir Hills of south east Scotland at the beginning of the 18th Century and tells of a tragic love affair between young Lucy Ashton and her family s enemy Edgar Ravenswood.The Ashtons and Ravenswoods have been enemies for centuries but will a proposed union between the warring families finally bring peace Music Composed and perf [...]


    10. I love this book It s as sexy as any romance novel, but has a tragic ending and feels almost like a Shakespeare play Usually Sir Walter Scott is romantic about history, and the gallant knights and damsels fair always win the day Here it s almost like he knows the modern world must triumph over a nobler past, and he s sad but honest When he lets his hero die at the end, he s like Deke Thornton saying goodbye to Pike Bishop in Sam Peckinpah s classic Western THE WILD BUNCH.


    11. Read in an 1897 edition These notes were made in 1982 This novel should have been a hundred pages longer It starts and proceeds at Scott s leisurely pace, and about half the main action the return of Ravenswood, Lucy s attempted murder of Bucklaw, her madness and death, and Ravenswood s death, are crammed into the last 15 pages That rather glaring fault aside, there is much to like here, and some particularly impressive scenes one can see how it captured the European imagination enough to be tur [...]


    12. Scott really is a masterful novelist If, like me, your knowledge of this tale originates in Donizetti s opera, you will be fascinated by the job of his librettists They managed to plumb the psychological depths of the story even as they did away with 90% of the characters and plot The recognizable plot line of the opera starts up about Chapter 20, or nearly 170 pages into the novel And the last chapters move along with the same intensity as the opera But the excitement of the novel lies in the w [...]


    13. Una vecchia leggenda narra di uno spirito della fontana che, uscito dalle acque, irret un giovane cavaliere rubandogli l anima e la vita.Si dice che l ultimo dei Ravenswood perir a causa di una giovane donna morta di cui lui ne chieder la mano Quando di Ravenswood l ultimo eredeUna morta fanciulla in moglie chiedeIl Kelpie col cavallo se lo inghiotteE sul nome si fa eterna notte


    14. Today Ivanhoe is Walter Scott s most read novel Ivanhoe is nice enough Moreover at time when England was considering emancipating its Jews, it draws attention in a timely fashion to how unjust the actual expulsion of Jews from England in 1290 A.D had been.Nonetheless, The Bride of Lammermoor is by far the most important book that Scott ever wrote It took Europe by storm and is largely responsible for the launch of Romanticism in France as the French were blissfully unaware of the German romantic [...]


    15. Beware the Ravenswood This is a must read for fans of the genre.a classic gothic romance This Gothic tale has it all.witches, women going mad, a family fallen from grace, degenerative castles, ruined fortunes, Byronic heros, star crossed lovers, a dark prophecy, ominous symbologyeverything It is MacBeth, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Wuthering Heights all rolled into one I wish would let me give 1 2 stars as I would rate this one 3.5 stars.See my full review here


    16. Beautiful tragic romance that made me cry at the end Scott does wander off into seemingly purposeless rambles, with extra characters who have no usefulness in the story, but I forgive him b c the rest of the writing is so very good.I love the characters and the story line The writing is exactly designed to sweep one away to another world, another time.They say that he wrote most of the book whilst he was deliriously ill by dictating to his editor publisher Ballantyne Maybe that accounts for some [...]


    17. Dopo aver letto Ivanhoe, che mi aveva intrigato ma lasciata un po insoddisfatta, ho deciso di leggere un altro libro dell autore scozzese, da tutti ritenuto il padre del romanzo storico Leggendo qua e l le trame dei suoi libri naturalmente tra quelli disponibili nella nostra lingua ho optato per la lettura di La sposa di Lammermoor, la cui trama mi aveva molto incuriosita.Pubblicato per la prima volta nel 1819, il libro si basa come dichiara l autore stesso su fatti realmente accaduti in Scozia [...]


    18. Due famiglie in lotta tra loro, una funesta leggenda, e un a infelice nato sotto una cattiva stella descrivendo in tali termini la trama di quest opera, e considerando che ad essa s ispir Donizetti per la sua Lucia di Lammermoor, facile pensare ad un avvincente romanzo gotico ricco di mistero, romanticismo e tragedia Bene, se ci si aspetta tutto ci , inevitabile restare delusi.Gli elementi del gotico, in realt , ci sono tutti, ma Scott sembra essere il primo a non prenderli sul serio, tanto che, [...]


    19. The Bride of Lammermoor is a dark novel about revenge, love, and what happens to those who seek their own happiness in the face of family opposition and ill fate The book is filled with dark omens and the occasional ghost makes an appearance to foreshadow the evil that is to come Scott is a Scottish author and the book portrays a Scotland that is dark, superstitious, and going through a time of political upheaval This book may be English literature, but it thankfully avoids the ubiquitous happy [...]


    20. When the last Laird of Ravenswood to Ravenswood shall ride, And woo a dead maiden to be his bride, He shall stable his steed in the Kelpie s flow, And his name shall be lost for evermoe Ill fated lovers from rival families, an old prophecy threatening to come true, an imperious blind sybil, three malicious old crones straight out of MacBeth and the usual soup of sectarian political maneuvering, The Bride of Lammermoor is everything you would want in a Waverley novel, and something less which is [...]


    21. I m ashamed to say that this is the first novel by Scott that I ve read, but I m pleased that I liked it as much as I did What s impressive about _The Bride of Lammermoor_ is its complexity The opening discussion of the ill fated painter, Dick Tinto, seemed like a bizarre way to begin a story especially when Tinto himself has so many problems with narrative , but I liked many of the questions the opening raised about the cultural status of romance genre, its reliance on dialogue, and its relatio [...]


    22. Originally published on my blog here in October 2001.Scott was once the most famous writer of his generation, and his novels were still quite widely read until relatively recently Today, though, most of them have pretty much lapsed into obscurity The Bride of Lammermoor, for example, is probably better known today through the opera Donizetti based on it.The Bride of Lammermoor is basically a melodramatic variation on Romeo and Juliet As the son of a Jacobite, Edgar, Master of Ravenswood, has los [...]


    23. J atz st neesmu neko daudz las jusi Valteru Skotu Atmi palicis, ka oti patika Aivenho , bet tas bija dikti sen is darbs, kas nav glu i no pa iem paz stam kajiem, mani uzrun ja, jo ir pamat Doniceti operai Lu ija di Lammerm ra Las j s labi, bet ar vienu patn bu rom ns it k l st div s da s T s noda as, kas st sta par tra isko m lasst stu 18 gadsimta s kuma Skotij paaud u naids ime u starp , vigi pret jakob tiem, sena imenes le enda par l stu, kas piemekl s dzimtas p d jo mantinieku utt las s vien [...]


    24. This heartbreaking love story and family history, reacts a Scottish legend in the Romeo and Juliet style.He is the last heir of a noble family brought to ruin She is the beautiful and sensible daughter of a newly raised to wealth family Her father brought ruin on his family.The customs and superstitions of the Scottish society at the beginning of the 18th century and the importance given to parental guidance and family honor, detailed with objectivity and with enough depth to make the reader und [...]


    25. This novel of Sir Walter Scott s was truly outstanding in the tone and the genre in which it was written Admittedly I have only read four other Scott novels, but this one was unique from the others as it was based off of a true sequence of events in Scottish history, but lent itself to the gothic supernatural genre similar to Shakespeare s Macbeth There are prophecies, three old crones foreshadowing impending doom, venerable houses of yore on the verge of collapse, and the Scottish moors Scott s [...]


    26. This book is based on an ancient Scottish legend of an ill fated engagement between two young persons of warring families Romeo and Juliet The tale has a little of everything an amusing servant, an overbearing mother, old crones dabbling in witchcraft, prophecies and politics Scott is a superb storyteller, and the only quibble I would have with this book is the fact that so much of it is in colloquial Scottish dialect Hence, one has to refer back to the notes on the text in the rear of the book, [...]


    27. Though it was difficult to understand the Scottish dialect of some of the characters and words like precipitous , conviviality , gossamer it was all worth the majestic but eerie ending and of course the prophecies, scary and romantic legends about witches, fountain maidens and ravens falling from the sky which actually prompted me to read this work in the first place since I am an avid fan of Scooby Doo and E.A.Poe stories Also, there were some funny in a cute, giggly way and shocking scenes whi [...]


    28. I read this novel in preparation for learning the role of Lucia in Donizetti s opera loosely based on the text I ve never been a huge fan of gothic lit but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Scott s prose I found Lucy to be an uninspiring piece of characterless fluff, only there as a plot point, but I highly enjoyed the secondary characters that don t make an appearance in the opera For a novel full of such dark, brooding landscapes and heroes, I found myself laughing several times at the ant [...]


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