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A Legend Of The Wars Of Montrose (Tales of My Landlord #3 part 2)

3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  60 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Against the background of Montrose's campaign of 1644-5, this spirited novel centres on one of Scott's most memorable creations - Sir Dugald Dalgetty of Drumthwacket. This hard-headed Aberdonian contrasts tellingly with the weird and passionate Highland feud in which he becomes perilously entangled, as the narrative moves from Dalgetty's unflinching encounter with the Duke ...more
Hardcover, 270 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Edinburgh University Press (first published 1819)
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Lucy
Jan 15, 2015 Lucy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sir Walter is growing on me as I read chronologically through his work. There's not really much of a story to this one, and I can't say I'm very interested in this period of Scottish history, but for the first time I found one of this author's 'characters', Sir Dugald Dalgetty, quite entertaining. Sad about his horse, though.
Steve
Set in the 1640s in Scotland, while England was divided in a Civil War that would eventually cost the King his head, thisshort novel (only about 300+ pp.) deals with the struggle between the Dukes of Argyle (pro-Roundhead) and Montrose (pro-Charles I). There are also the 'Children of the Mist' - a ragtag band of outlaws who, to right a wrong done them for poaching, beheadthe man they blame for it. Then, they go to have a meal at his very house and while the sister isaway on an errand to serve th ...more
Jim Coats
Feb 03, 2016 Jim Coats rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short novel by Sir Walter Scott centring on the civil war between Scottish supporters of King Charles with the Marquis of Montrose as his champion and the Duke of Argyll (Argyle in Scott's spelling) as the leader of the Covenanter rebels. I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. It has romance in the love triangle surrounding the fair damsel Annot Lyle, comedy in the Quixotic character of Sir Dugald Dalgetty and excitement especially in Dalgetty's escape from Inveraray Castle. I also enjoye ...more
Stephen
I read this, but so long ago I can't remember anything about it except that it went more easily than I had feared it would, being back-shelf Scott. See my review of Montrose for non-fiction back story.
Bob
Oct 12, 2015 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Scott's first novel written almost exclusively in English with English dialog. It is yet another novel touching on an aspect of the Jacobite Rebellion. This one features the battles led and won by the Earl of Montrose while touching on the Campbell clan, the MacAulays and the ostracized Children of the Mist. But mainly it tells of the adventures of a Scottish soldier of fortune, Captain Dugald Dalgetty of Drumthwacket who had lately served in King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden's army. The novel is ...more
Katie
Nov 02, 2015 Katie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was just ok. A decent story with interesting characters, but not as good as some of Scott's other works.
Lauren
Mar 03, 2011 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Similar to Old Mortality, the story is mainly an excuse to talk about Scottish military history. Not the most exciting topic, and the characters are not that interesting, either. At least there were less speeches filled with indecipherable Scottish dialect.
Brenda
Apr 12, 2016 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clearly not for the Covenanters in this story. But Captain Dalgetty made me laugh, roll my eyes, and shake my head.
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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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