[BOOKS] ✯ The Fair Maid of Perth: or St. Valentine's Day By Walter Scott – Multi-channel.co

The Fair Maid Of Perth Centres On The Merchant Classes Of Perth In The Fourteenth Century, And Their Commitment To The Pacific Values Of Trade, In A Bloody And Brutal Era In Which No Right To Life Is Recognised, In Which The Scottish Nobles Fight For Control Of The Weak Scottish Monarchy, And Clans Are Prepared To Extinguish Each Other To Gain Supremacy In The Central Highlands It Is A Remarkable Novel, In Part Because Late In His Career Scott Has A New Subject, And In Part Because He Employs A Spare Narrative Style That Is Without Parallel In The Rest Of His Oeuvre Far Too Many Critics, From His Son In Law JG Lockhart To The Present Day, Have Written Off Late Scott, And Seen His Last Works As Evidence Of Failing Powers Find Out What Scott Really Wrote By Going Back To The Original Manuscripts, A Team Of Scholars Has Uncovered What Scott Originally Wrote And Intended His Public To Read Before Errors, Misreadings And Expurgations Crept In During Production


10 thoughts on “The Fair Maid of Perth: or St. Valentine's Day

  1. says:

    St Valentine s Day villainyCatherine Glover, generally known as the Fair Maid of her hometown of Perth, is beloved by the town s famed armourer, Henry Smith of the Wynd But she has also caught the eye of the pleasure loving and dissolute Earl of Rothsay , eldest son and heir to King Robert III On St Valentine s Day, these men will both try to win Catherine, one honourably, one dishonourably, setting in motion a chain of events that will involve the citizens of Perth in the high politics and treacheries of the nobility, and the wild feuds of the Highland clans which inhabit the land to the north of the Fair City.I first read this book as a young teenager back in the Dark Ages and remembered nothing about it except that I loved it Since then I ve read a fair amount of Scott, with varying levels of appreciation Most recently, I read and was rather disappointed by what is probably his most famous work, Waverley, and wondered if I had simply fallen out of love with Scott s style over the years Not so This book, in my opinion, is vastly superior to Waverley, having all of its strengths and none of its weaknesses It s a top rank historical novel that deserves to be widely read, and is undoubtedly the book I would recommend to people coming to Scott for the first time It s written almost entirely in standard English none of the annoying Latin, French and Gaelic which pepper Waverley so is easily accessible to the modern reader And it s as powerful in its way as A Tale of Two Cities, with a deep understanding of the history and politics of the time but also, importantly, of the workings of the human heart and mind.The period is the tail end of the 14th century, when Scotland was in name one nation under one monarch, but where the Highlands clans operated as separate fiefdoms and were a constant threat to the peace of the nation from the north At the southern border, Scotland and England were in a perpetual state of enmity sometimes warring, sometimes skirmishing, but never truly at peace It s a period about which I know very little, but didn t need to Scott gives all the information that the reader needs to understand the plot without bogging the book down in unnecessary historical detail He actually shortens the timeline, compressing various events that happened at different times to bring them together into his story, but he manages to do this without seriously distorting the underlying significance of them In Scott s story, events that in real time took place over a decade or so happen in a period of weeks, starting on St Valentine s Day and ending on Palm Sunday.Scott tells the story in the third person, taking the reader in turn to the various participants, so that sometimes we are in the presence of the weak King Robert and his nobles, all scheming and jostling for power sometimes we are with Rothsay and his disreputable followers, taking their pleasure at the expense of the decent burghers of Perth and mostly we re with those burghers Henry, Catherine, her father Simon Glover and various other townspeople, as they try to live honest Christian lives in a time when security was scarce and men had to be willing to fight for their own safety and to protect the women they loved Later, we spend time with the Highland clans, seeing how they lived perhaps Scott has a reputation for creating the modern image of the clans from his imagination, but it rings true enough for this reader.There are lots of great characters in the novel Henry is a famed fighter, trying to tame his warring nature for the sake of peace loving Catherine Through her, we get a glimpse at the state of the Church, with the first hints of the Reformation to come and with the fear of being accused of heresy ever present Simon is a good and decent man, and a loving father Conachar, the young Highland boy who is his apprentice, allows us to see the attitudes of the townspeople to their wild Highland neighbours The Royals are excellent poor Robert III, who means well but is ineffective as either King or father, his scheming and disloyal brother Albany and the feuding Earls of March and Douglas, each given extraordinary power due to the weakness of the King Rothsay s followers include some great baddies Ramorny, who has a personal reason to want vengeance against Henry Bonthron, Ramorny s beast like assassin and the marvellous Henbane Dwining, a skilled physician who uses his arts for evil as well as for good and is deliciously sinister and manipulative.But it s the plot that makes the novel It moves along at a good pace, never losing track of the various strands Henry and Catherine, the Royal power plays, Rothsay and his scurrilous followers And it all leads up to one of the most harrowingly dramatic climaxes I ve read, as the Highland feud is brought to a bloody and horrific halt I don t want to say too much about the Highland strand since it develops late in the book and so takes us into spoiler territory, but it s a brilliant depiction of a blood feud, of the savagery of hand to hand battle, of sacrifice and the loyalty of kinship, of the honour given to the physically brave and the shame heaped on the coward It moved me to tears for than one reason And even horrifyingly, this part of it is based on actual events.A great book, and a true classic If you only ever read one Scott novel, make it this one It gets my highest recommendation Some modern publications show this as Rothesay, the modern spelling of the town from which the title derives However, my copy gives the old spelling throughout, so I ve stuck with that.www.fictionfanblog.wordpress.com


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    From BBC Radio 4 Classical Serial A beautiful glover s daughter is romantically pursued by a warmongering blacksmith, a poetising prince, a hot headed clansman and a bumbling bonnet maker in lawless 14th century Scotland.In Walter Scott s The Fair Maid of Perth, feeble King Robert III is failing to stop his beloved country being torn apart by warring clans and pillaging nobles chaos reigns supreme When our heroine, Catharine Glover, suffers heartbreak and tragedy at the hands of the vengeful Earl of March, a terrible dilemma presents itself.Should she follow the dictates of her heart by marrying the man she loves or should she obey her father s wish and shun a world of hard iron and barbaric cruelties by betrothing herself to Christ Free download available at Project GutenbergIllustration of Catharine and Ramorny from 1872 editionA bronze statue of a seated Fair Maid in Perth s High StreetAccording to Wikipedia, this book has some Historical inaccuracies.Two silent films were made based on this book.An interesting source of information of this book can be found at the Walter Scott Digital Archive.


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    Walter Scott cast his writing around the end of the fourteenth century during the reign of Robert III of Scotland The King s son, the Duke of Rothsay, attempts to abduct Catharine Glover, the Fair Maid of Perth , daughter of an honest burgher He is thwarted by the intervention of Henry Smith or Gow, an armourer and renowned swordsman, who hacks off the hand of Sir John Ramorny, the Duke s Master of Horse Although backed by Catharine s father Simon, Henry appears too warlike to win the hand of the mild mannered Maid Ramorny tries and fails to avenge himself on Henry, then vents his anger on Rothsay, who has dismissed him at his father s behest Rothsay is lured to the castle of Falkland and murdered the crime is discovered and Ramorny promptly executed Meanwhile, a bitter rivalry develops between Henry and Conachar, his Highland apprentice, as both contend for Catharine s affections Conachar becomes chief of Clan Quhele after the death of his father, and the King demands that the longstanding feud between Clan Quhele and Clan Chattan be resolved by mortal combat between thirty members of each clan At the last moment one of the representatives of Clan Chattan withdraws and is replaced by Henry who relishes the opportunity of confronting Conachar At the end of a bloody battle, the two come face to face Betrayed by his constitutional cowardice, Conachar flees and, overcome with shame, commits suicide Henry, weary of battle and bloodshed, vows that henceforth he will only fight in Scotland s service, and is finally accepted by Catharine I enjoyed this read with a hot coco and warm fire in the cold evenings of mid December


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    THE FAIR MAID OF PERTH by Walter Scott.http www.bbc.co.uk programmes b01rv39jA wonderful radio adaption Greatly enjoyed performance, especially David Tennant s reading I haven t read this novel and it s my first introduction to Walter Scott and am eager to read of his works Adapted for Radio by Scott CherryWith David Tennant as Walter ScottAll other parts are played by members of the cast.Ruth Wall sings and plays Gaelic Harp.Music composed and performed by Ross Hughes and Esben Tjalve.Produced and directed by Clive BrillA Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4


  5. says:

    Set in the last years of the 1300s, the title character of this novel, Catherine Glover, is very, very beautiful And, given the eloquent speeches which Scott writes for her, exceptionally intelligent Thus, it comes as no surprise that she is the object of the affections of at least three other main characters, each of whom represents a different social class Indeed, part of the interest of this novel arises from the prejudices and frictions that arise between the aristocracy, the bourgeoisie and the lower orders As the daughter of Simon Glover, Catherine is of the burgher, or middle class of artisans in the Scottish town of the title Nonetheless, she is desired by the Duke of Rothsay, the heir to the throne of Scotland As well, a blacksmith arr of the town, Henry Gow or Harry Smith , positively dotes on her, and has the distinct advantage of her father s approval for their match Finally, an apprentice in the glove making shop of her father, Conachar, desires to wed her and take her to his Highland tribe of which he is about to become the chief For much of the novel, Catherine honestly has little preference for any of these three suitors, and sincerely desires to enter religious orders so that she will not have to eventually decide To these romantic complications the nefarious doings in the royal household are added The King, Robert III, is feeble of body, of intellect and of will His eldest son, the aforementioned Rothsay, is a dissolute wastrel, much given to personal vanity and whimsical actions to offend his elders He is assisted in getting off the rails of proper behavior by his Master of Horse, Ramornay, a truly villainous creature Then, there is the Duke of Albany, the King s brother who is not above conspiring to do away with his nephews in order that he set himself up in line for the throne If this wasn t problematic enough, there is a rivalry between the Earls of Douglas and March for the favor of the king This led to Douglas outbidding March with a larger dowry so that Rothsay would marry into the Douglas clan, an act which may have forced March into alliance with the English against Scotland Also, there is the whiff of religious heresy, personified in the character of Father Clement, who is almost stridently Protestant 200 years before the Reformation in his criticisms of the cupidity of the Church Finally, there is a bloody feud between two Highland clans, which culminates in a thirty on thirty all out blood bath to settle their rivalry once and for all one which actually occurred in Scottish history, as did one of the significant deaths in the Royal family which Scott describes My favorite character had to be Oliver Proudfute, a hat maker who sees himself as a martialist but always seems to be behind those doing the actual fighting Scott s description of his riding a horse and disturbing a knight who is out falconing is a classic of slapstick fun It was with sadness that his murder half way through the novel shocked me A troubadour Glee Maiden , Louise, befriends Catherine and aids her in her efforts to prevent the murder perpetrated by Ramornay, assisted by a truly devilish creation the apothecary Dwining All in all, another masterful blend of social analysis, real suspense in its plot, and vibrant, multifaceted characterization Taking a couple of historical incidents, Scott shows his imaginative strength in blending around these a truly engaging and moving story Very good.


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    Set around 1500, this novel focuses on the clash between the burgher class and the nobles, the link between the two being the peace loving Catherine, daughter of a glover, whose beauty attracts the hero artisan, Henry Smith the prince of Scotland and a young Scot in hiding as an apprentice to Catherine s father who is later revealed to be the head of the clan Quhele or Kay The story is fictional, but is based on a true story a staged, almost gladiator like conflict between the clan Chattan and a clan identified with the Quheles in the novel Scott has created a host of characters and subplots which reveal the medieval Scottish customs regarding Valentine s Day, the rise of the Lollards, the rivalry between the Lowland and Highland Scots, and the lust for group vengeance which pervaded all social classes in Scotland at that time The end was totally unpredictable at least by me Unlike other Scottish novels of Scott, this one does not use Scottish dialect, though a thee or thou does eventually appear There are two or three unflattering references to the Jews of Europe in the text, repulsive to us but alas accurately reflecting the prejudices of the time These may be one reason the book is no longer highly recommended, but, with those removed, this novel could well be turned into a successful movie unrequited love, a strong female, class conflict, weak leadership at the top, religious liberty, breath taking Scottish scenery, and lots of blood.


  7. says:

    First published in 1828, The Fair Maid of Perth is set in late 14th century Scotland Despite the lacklustre title, this is an adventure novel featuring kidnap, murders and one bloodthirsty battle in a time of lawlessness and plots against the Scottish monarchy Scott s habit of being wordy is a love it or hate it thing, since for many his enjoyable style of writing makes this worthwhile In this instance, his wordiness is evident and yet the novel has a cracking pace with no loose ends at the conclusion, very enjoyable Oh yes, I should mention that the Fair Maid of the title does crop up from time to time but much of the story would have worked without her.


  8. says:

    More classic ScottAt the risk of sounding like a broken record, this book had action, adventure, and romance, that s why I love Scott If you are looking for action, adventure, and romance you cannot go wrong with Sir Walter Scott I also liked the characters in this book.


  9. says:

    Enjoyable when I got used to his wordiness as usual.