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Redgauntlet (Waverley Novels #14)

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  204 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Arguably Scott's finest novel, and the last of his major Scottish novels, Redgauntlet centers around a third, fictitious, Jacobite rebellion set in the summer of 1765. The novel's hero, young Darsie Latimer, is kidnapped by Edward Hugh Redgauntlet, a fanatical supporter of the Stewart cause, and finds himself caught up in the plot to install the exiled Bonnie Prince Charli ...more
Paperback, 479 pages
Published May 15th 2011 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1824)
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Aug 16, 2010 Even rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being the last of Scott's Jacobite novels, one might think that he might have started to go stale. Luckily, nothing could be further from the truth, and Redgauntlet is one of his most entertaining. Scott experiments with an epistolary style which breathes new life into this installment and produces a sense of intimacy he hadn't yet achieved. The hero (or heroes really) also break the typical Scott mold, in that they are recognizably flawed. Present are the improbable kinships that characterize S ...more
Alberick Redgauntlet was an adherent of the cause of Robert Bruce, who strove to make Scotland free of England. His son, however, did not follow his father's inclinations and, while the former was pursuing forces of Bruce's opponents, one of them turned and was fired on by Alberick. He discovered it was his son and, in attempting to leap over his prone body, his horse's hoof hit theson with a fatal blow on the forehead. At this time, his mother died in birthing a baby boy with a scar on his fore ...more
Apr 07, 2011 Cass rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like reading historical fiction about English history and this was a good story. This was about the last attempt to put the last Stuart prince back on the English throne. Luckily I read this on my Kindle and was able to look up the meaning to all the Scottish words I didn't know what they meant. The Scottish brogue is difficult to read. But it is a good story.
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Nov 19, 2011 Andreea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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When I grow up I'm only going to study poetry. Having wrestled with Redgauntlet for over a week before I finally managed to finish it, now I'm not looking forward to having to read it again for my exams in a few weeks (and I should consider myself lucky if I only have to reread it once). No matter how thoroughly I annotate a text the first time I read it, I always miss out on something (or a lot of things) and have to go back and reread the text. This isn't too bad when you're writing about poet ...more
I liked this but I was not enraptured. It is a story well told with Scottish dialect words and expressions aplenty to maintain pedantic curiosity. The glossary in the edition which I have (Melrose Editonm of the Complete Works which I bought for 6 pounds at Spelman's Second Hand Bookshopin York Anno 1971 or 72!)is far too short to cover all the words modern readers are unlikely tobe fmailiar with. I was very amused to recognise a number of forgotten slang words from my school days which seemed t ...more
Oct 15, 2015 Lucy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The most enjoyable yet as I read through Scott's works chronologically. The style of the first half, in letters between the staunch friends who drive the plot, set the scene clearly and move the action forward without too much maundering, Scott's usual failing. They are a likeable pair, the subsidiary characters are well drawn with the usual sprinkling of eccentrics, and although this attempt to recover the throne for Charles Edward Stuart never actually happened, it's perfectly credible. A plea ...more
Jun 22, 2015 Titanilla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the first Walter Scott book I have read. I have not heard anything about his work before, not even read about it, or studied about it (though I was attending special English Literature classes - no mention of his name); but I knew he is one of the great Scottish authors. And since I moved to Edinburgh this August, also to study English Literature he is someone I have to be familiar with!

I just had to start it; then it went by itself. I am currently reading the Hungarian translation of I
Victoria Jackson
I loved the beginning - Edinburgh to Solway Firth. Based around the 1745 uprising.
Aug 08, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wrong cover on Good reads.
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Apr 17, 2016 Kevin McCarthy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised how much I liked this book. For its age, it reads with a great deal of modern excitement. The shifting narrative modes are innovative and fresh. The tough-talk dialogue is witty and engaging. Not a particularly quick or easy read, but a worthwhile one.
Shala Howell
Hard for me to get through, despite my interest in classic English lit. All the time I was reading it I kept thinking, so this is what boys in the 1800s would read, and wondering what exactly that said about them. That was an interesting tangent to be sure, but probably not what Scott intended.
Katherine Simmons
Dec 21, 2013 Katherine Simmons rated it it was ok
I enjoyed his other books but this one is just not as good. He over uses dialect to the point that the plot is hard to follow (or find) in many cases.
Tom Howe
Jul 20, 2011 Tom Howe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much of it is set around the Solway SW Scotland and NW England
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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
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