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The Waverly Novels: Quentin Durward (Waverley Novels #12)

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Sir Walter Scott's "Waverley Novels" take their name from "Waverley" (1814), the first in the series, because Scott did not publicly acknowledge authorship until 1827.
Hardcover, 476 pages
Published November 5th 2007 by Wildside Press (first published 1823)
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I recently watched the Hollywood movie version of Quentin Durward (in several Youtube installments), starring Robert Taylor, Kaye Kendall, and Robert Morley; and I decided to pick up a used hard-bound copy to read in the original literary format. Even after having read barely 70 pages of the book, including the 33-page "Introduction", I was able to affirm that for once Hollywood captured the book's droll, ironic humor, especially in the on-screen characterization of Louis XI (aka the "Spider Kin ...more
بسام عبد العزيز
لم أشعر انها سيئة و لم أشعر أنها جيدة بما يكفي أيضا..

أولا قرأت الطبعة المختصرة وهي في حدود 200 صفحة من أصل 600 تقريبا.. لكن الغريب أنها تقريبا تحوي الأحداث الهامة في الكتاب بدون تخطي أي شيء.. هذا قد يتم تفسيره بأنه اختصار رائع.. أو بأن القصة الأصلية مليئة بالحشو المبالغ فيه! و أنا اختار الأخير!

علي أي حال لم أشعر بانجذاب لأي شخصية في القصة.. حتى البطل وجدت أفعاله غير مفهومة.. بل و متناقضة في أوقات كثيرة.. يرفض الانضمام للملك في البداية ثم تضطره الظروف لهذا فلا يعترض .. يشك في الملك و مع ذلك يستمع
This is an enjoyable historical romance. Scott's strength is character portrayal, where portrayal is the operative word, because he paints his colourful characters with words. They are vivid, they are larger than life. Having read several of his novels now I realise that he works according to a template of hero, damsel in distress, scheming villain, atheist and the like. however, his depiction of Charles the Bold of Burgundy and Louis XI of France known as the Spider King, is powerful and highly ...more
I have to admit I was a little surprised by how engaging, exciting, and funny this historical novel by Sir Walter Scott was. This novel, written in 1823, tells the story of Quentin Durward, a wandering Scottish nobleman who goes to France to make his fortune and ends up serving in the Scottish Guard of the French King, Louis XI. Quentin is as noble and true and chivalrous as Louis is sneaky, cruel, and out for number one, but together they make a pretty good team and a very satisfying story. Als ...more
Quentin Durward by Walter Scott
6 out of 10

This not the best work I had in my hands.
I venture to say far from it.
The king of France has a conflict with the duke of Burgundy.
There is also a damsel in distress and caught in the plot the young hero- Quentin Durward.
I did not enjoy this so much, even if there are some adventures…
Well, sort of.
The duke of Burgundy is upset, because a girl from his court has escaped and found refuge with the king of France.
We meet his majesty early on, but in disguise.
"Aroint thee, deceitful witch! Why, this device smells rank as the toasted cheese in a rat trap. Now fie, and double fie, upon the old decoy duck!"
I quite enjoyed this my third venture into Scott (Ivanhoe and Waverley, previously) because it does have it's funny moments and the characters are somewhat more believable. He doesn't believe in using ten words when a hundred will do, though. But I might venture another....
Elijah Spector
Gah, I couldn't finish this. It's not that it isn't good, either, I just can't deal with something that moves this slowly while I'm also doing so much reading for school. It sucks because I thought something adventurous would be enough, but it's a little too dense (just by way of language and pace, not so much complexity) for the moment. Hopefully I'll be able to give it another shot someday. I did enjoy it so far though.
Robert Hepple
Walter Scott’s novel of 1823 follows a Scottish nobleman to 15th century France where he seeks his fortune as a mercenary working for the devious King Louis XI. Quentin Durward believes in chivalry in an age when chivalry is going out of fashion, but sticks to his principles throughout in spite of many obstacles. This is but one example of the various impressively realised characterisations in the novel, against a fast moving action packed story with occasional moments of gutsy violence. The bac ...more
Frankreich zur Zeit der Regirung von Louis XI (1461-1483) und Karl der Kühnen (1433-1477). Quentin Durward ist der letzte Spross einer adligen schottischen Familie, die von einem rivalisierenden Klan ausgerottet wurde. Quentin überlebte den letzten Angriff nur knapp und durfte weiterleben unter der Bedingung, Mönch zu werden, damit die Familie Durward mit ihm endet. Das Mönchsdasein ist aber so gar nicht Quentins Berufung, er flüchtet nach Frankreich zu seinem Onkel Ludovic Lesley, Le Balafré, d ...more
My second favorite of Scott's work---next to Ivanhoe. A good action/adventure story set against the interesting backdrop of 1400s France. The conflict between King Louis and Charles of Burgundy was fun for me to read about, but anyone can enjoy characters like Lady Hamelina and the naive, honest hero, Quentin Durward himself. The book has more humor than you'd expect, and that's a plus.
I recommend this to anyone interested in trying out Scott's other novels--besides Ivanhoe.
Finished! I have officially exhausted all of the Scott in my collection, ladies and gentlemen, and I’m free at last :) I shouldn’t be so dramatic, but I liked this even less than “Kenilworth” – I guess I’ll just be thankful that I didn’t go for this one first. I have no desire to write about this book, so this is going to be short. The story was tedious and I had nearly zero investment in the characters or their aspirations. I pictured Quentin as Justin Bieber in armor; he was a complete ninny. ...more
Did I mention that I read everything as a kid?
Well, I should have mentioned that not everything stood out. This book, for example, didn't. This is probably not the books fault, more likely it is because whenever I think about the adventure novels that I loved as a kid, the wonderful "Ein Brief für den König" by Tonke Dragt stands out above all. It was one of my favourite books ever.

So I assume that I liked "Im Auftrag des Königs" as well, but I just don't remember much about it.
C' est moins fort qu' Ivanhoé, pas de doutes... On a une intrigue qui a pour cadre une époque clé de l' Histoire de France : le 15e siècle et la lutte opposant en sous-mains Louis XI, roi de France à Charles le Téméraire, duc de Bourgogne. Pourtant, ça reste moins prenant, moins enlevé...
Un bon roman historique, sans plus.
I loved this book! It had action, romance, adventure, intrigue - everything that makes Scott great. I think this is my favorite Scott after Ivanhoe. It grabbed my attention from the start and moved right along. The ending was a little predictable, but that' s ok since it ended how I wanted it to.
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
Mentioned in The Prince Commands. I like to check out the oldest possible editions ... this is probably from either 1900 or 1901, but the book itself is not dated.
my big sister had this book from school, and i read it aout age 12. words were a little hard then, but very interesting story of knights and chivalry in medieval England
Richard Epstein
I like Scott. It's a character flaw, I know, but what can I do? (Robert Taylor, Kay Kendall, and Robert Morley were in the 1955 movie. I like that, too.)
I thought I should read some Sir Walter Scott. I quite enjoyed it. The main character was a bit bland, but the supporting characters were complex.
Yasmine Tarek
مشكلة الأدب العالمي للناشئين انه يحسسك ان الرواية حلوة اوي وفي نفس الوقت يقدملك المختصر المفيد...
شئ مزعج
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من الروايات القليلة اللي خلتني فعلاً عايز أرجع بالزمن لورا و أعايش الفترة دي
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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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