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Woodstock (Waverley Novels #15)

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  70 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Now, if to these were added the diverse reall phantasms seen at Whitehall in Cromwell’s times, which caused him to keep such mighty guards in and about his bedchamber, and yet so oft to change his lodgings; if those things done at St. James’, where the devil so joal’d the centinels against the sides of the queen’s chappell doors, that some of them fell sick upon it; and ot ...more
Hardcover, 620 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Kessinger Publishing, LLC (first published August 28th 1826)
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Jan 12, 2011 Bianca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, favorites
Okay, why has no one read this book?? It's even better than Ivanhoe in my opinion... anyway...! Okay, yeah, I'll admit to it, I found it in a box in my uncle attic, together with a load of other books he could not bear to trow away, but didn't need, like or whatever, anymore (I mean, who understands adults? this said by an adult, I'm 20, but I still ask this myself, sometimes). It is one of the less known works of Walter Scott, I gather, but I loved it. Spirits, war, prominent historical figures ...more
The strengths of Walter Scott's novels are character portrayal and vivid and highly demanding language and there is both aplenty in this account from the time of the English Revolution and First Commonwealth. This is a well told and straightforward (in plot, not language!) account of the future Charles' Second's escape from his pursuers. Both Cromwell and Charles Stuart (Charles II to be )have roles in this tale, which is a vivid admixture of historical romance and historical fact. There is a s ...more
Nov 18, 2015 Lucy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot understand how Sir Walter could write tripe like 'The Talisman' then follow it up with a wonderful tale like this. One of his great strengths was the portrayal of historical figures, and in this story of the aftermath of the English Civil War, both Oliver Cromwell and the young Charles II are brought to life in a totally believable way. There's a wonderful mad cavalier, some ranting Roundheads, a feisty heroine and a wonderful dog. The story is page-turningly exciting, although obviousl ...more
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Jan 29, 2011 Mark Stephenson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Both the Lord Protector,Oliver Cromwell, and his very contrasting successor as head of state (after the Restoration), Charles II, figure as well developed characters in this engrossing story. Set in the title town (not far from Oxford) just after the two British civil wars ended with Cromwell victorious in battle (if less so in politics), two cousins of a family wrenched apart by the divisive controversies of the time find it well nigh impossible to accomplish the marital union they have long co ...more
Feb 06, 2012 Even rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unexceptional within the Scott canon. The story centers around the aftermath of the English Revolution, and takes place in and arouind the royal hunting lodge of Woodstock. Scott takes a story of parlimentary agenst being driven from the royal lodge by supernatural forces, and fleshes it out. Nothing really novel here from Scott. A perfect hero and heroine living through a turbulent period in English history, colorful minor characters, some cameos by historical figures. It will entertain fans of ...more
Mar 16, 2016 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like many classics this book takes a while to really get going, but once it does it has romance, adventure, intrigue, as well as interesting moral dilemmas. It is historical fiction with Charles Stuart and Oliver Cromwell as prominent characters. I really liked it.
Mar 15, 2012 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the story, but had difficulty with the old world language (olde English) at first. As I progressed in the story, the context helped to decipher the unfamiliar terms. A huge dictionary helped too. Sir Walter Scott is definitely worth the challenge. I loved the loyalty, honor and friendship portrayed by the characters. His stories have history, romance, suspense, and happy endings. I am currently reading two more of his novels.
Jan 11, 2012 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the story and the political and historical insights.
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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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