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The Bride of Lammermoor (Tales of My Landlord #3 part 1)

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  1,284 Ratings  ·  112 Reviews
This is a story of national change and personal tragedy. For Lucy Ashton and Edgar Ravenswood, acts of heroism are thwarted and love is doomed by social, political and historical division. This edition restores the action to the years of uncertainty and political flux before the Union of Scotland and England in 1707, rather than after, as Scott's later revision had placed ...more
Paperback, 346 pages
Published September 28th 2000 by Penguin Classics (first published 1819)
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Henry Avila
Aug 19, 2014 Henry Avila rated it really liked it
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 a ...more
Bill  Kerwin
Jan 03, 2012 Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it
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, eventua
Aug 16, 2007 Kelly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: gothic lit fans!
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 more 'Eh, well, she's a chick, she loves me. I'm pretty ...more
Aug 21, 2010 Cynthia rated it it was amazing
“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 co ...more
Jul 04, 2008 Andrew rated it really liked it
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. ...more
May 26, 2015 Suzannah rated it liked it
Cloaks swirl, ladies go mad, rocks fall, everyone dies. Full review coming!
May 25, 2014 Bruce rated it really liked it
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 L ...more
Oct 08, 2011 Lobstergirl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sir Loin
Shelves: own, fiction

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
Aug 06, 2016 Faouzia rated it really liked it
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
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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
Carol Storm
Sep 13, 2014 Carol Storm rated it it was amazing
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.
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 enoug ...more
Aug 07, 2009 Shawn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shawn by: It also jumped off the shelf -- unlooked for at the book house i
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 ...more
Czarny Pies
May 28, 2014 Czarny Pies rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english-lit
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 roma
Sep 01, 2009 Sara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 100-novels
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Perry Whitford
Mar 02, 2015 Perry Whitford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Oct 04, 2013 Neil rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rela ...more
Simon Mcleish
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
Inese Okonova
Jul 24, 2016 Inese Okonova rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jāatzīst neesmu neko daudz lasījusi Valteru Skotu. Atmiņā palicis, ka ļoti patika "Aivenho", bet tas bija dikti sen.
Šis darbs, kas nav gluži no pašiem pazīstamākajiem, mani uzrunāja, jo ir pamatā Doniceti operai "Lučija di Lammermūra". Lasījās labi, bet ar vienu īpatnību: romāns it kā lūst divās daļās. Tās nodaļas, kas stāsta par traģisko mīlasstāstu 18. gadsimta sākuma Skotijā (paaudžu naids ģimeņu starpā, vigi pret jakobītiem, sena ģimenes leģenda par lāstu, kas piemeklēs dzimtas pēdējo mantin
Andra Constantin
Nov 19, 2013 Andra Constantin rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2013
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 u
Feb 04, 2011 Alger rated it really liked it
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. Sc ...more
Dec 12, 2013 Melodee rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Mar 30, 2012 L rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Jan 26, 2013 Laura rated it really liked it
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 th ...more
now on BBC Classic Serial starts June 29

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 performed by Ross Hughes and Esben Tjalv
Mar 21, 2012 VeeDawn rated it really liked it

This book was hard to read with the Scottish jargon and customs being strange, but I really liked it anyway. It reminds me a little of Macbeth with the witch ladies, and evil prophecies, ghosts, and of course the tragic ending. I like the characters; especially the Master of Ravenswood (who is dashing and proud, and makes the best entrance ever at the engagement scene), Lady Lucy Ashton (who is a very tragic figure, bound to obey her parents, but also in love with the family enemy), and the old
The Lit Bitch
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 symbology...everything! It is MacBeth, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Wuthering Heights all rolled into one. I wish Goodreads would let me give 1/2 stars as I would rate this one 3.5 stars....
See my full review here
While the novel's focus occasionally seems a little off (most readers, I imagine, would be far more interested in the the thoughts of the title character than in the property disputes and hunting outings which take up a large portion of the book), the sections dealing with the central characters (particularly Lucy, Edgar, and Lady Ashton) are well drawn and fascinating. The melodrama escalates in that perfect restraint that only writers of the nineteenth century seem able to manage, culminating ...more
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
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 s
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