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Jane Porter
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The Scottish Chiess

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  898 ratings  ·  75 reviews
This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into pri ...more
Paperback, 521 pages
Published May 1st 1982 by Atheneum Books (first published 1809)
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I learned about The Scottish Chiefs from the same person from whom I learned about many old-fashioned books: Louisa May Alcott, in her book A Garland for Girls. One of the stories contained therein is called Pansies, and in it some teenaged girls and Mrs Warburton, the elderly lady of the house the girls are staying at, discuss books they've read and their tastes in literature. The books mentioned in this story are all real books, and I've had the pleasure of hunting for and finding many of thes ...more
Debbie Zapata
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019gutenberg
Back in 2016 I read a book from 1907 called The Delicious Vice. Not a great book, but not completely awful either. Here is my review for it

I mention in that review that I made a list of a few titles from TDV that I wanted to read, and the last few Gutenberg titles I've gotten through have been from that list. I'm giving up on the rest of the list (not in the mood for a play in Old English just now) but I can finally say I read The Scottish Chiefs, the boo
Jan 16, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, celtic
In her introduction to her 1810 novel The Scottish Chiefs, Jane Porter reminisces about her own childhood on the Scottish Border. She emphasizes the widespread familiarity of the denizens with stories and songs about Wallace. This concurs with Walter Scott’s comment that the Scottish populace had recent experience of medieval life, “whereas in England civilisation has been so long complete, that our ideas of our ancestors are only to be gleaned from musty records and chronicles…” Contemporary Fe ...more
Jun 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book about the real William Wallace. A man of faith, courage, purity and honor. He was a warrior for his kingdom and the kingdom of God. This book stirred something deep inside that calls me out of complacency into battle- against all odds, and to the death; for my King. That battle is for those He loves and desires to free from all oppression from false authority; bring them together in unity and out of darkness and into the army of light. All the major battles fought by everyman are laye ...more
Feb 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
The story of William Wallace and his followers, of Robert the Bruce and the fight to free Scotland from England’s grasp. Full of heroes and heroines worthy of praise, full of virtue, and followers of the one true God. The devotion of Wallace to his God and country is an example well worth remembering. Especially as he dealt with the unwanted passions and deception of the Lady Mar (Joanna of Strathearn) He refused the crown many times despite the people’s insistence that it was rightfully his, in ...more
Oct 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-packed
Love this book about Sir William Wallace It has actually been a long time since I read it, but it's a family favorite. Growing up my dad would read to us at night- this was one our our favs. We also read Anne of Green Gables and A Mountain Europa, among others, but this was #1! SO much better than the movie- (Braveheart)!
Apr 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I liked this book. Which is one reason I was disappointed in Braveheart. The movie is a pale shadow of the story here. :)
Jan 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite classics. My grandmother was a Wallace and descendant of the William Wallace's family although William had no descendants. This a romanticized version of the story of Wallace. It is a little hard to get into the language at first but you get used to it and it is a lovely book. It was banned one time from England (I believe) because of it's Scottish patriotic theme.
Angela R. Watts
Writing style was a bit confusing - lots of things jumbled (dialogue didn't get seperated). Characters got a bit hard to distinguish but I figured it out. Not a bad book.
One of my brother's favorite books - so I had to give it a try. Very interesting time in history. Porter's prose borders on purple throughout, but she gives Wallace the most rousing speeches ever - if that's the way he really talked, no wonder his men were so ready to follow him to the death. Porter makes Wallace out to be a paragon of everything virtuous and faithful and manly, and sometimes that grated, but he was a real man in history and his role was pivotal and the Scots were the underdogs ...more
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book for its deeply Christian insights into the virtues of enduring love, loyalty, mercy, courage, honesty, and justice. As this story is generally about the Scottish-English wars of the 1200's, and particularly about William Wallace, these virtues are often illustrated in the context of war. Jane Porter, through Wallace, addresses the following questions:
"Is war ever justified? If so, when?"
"Is all really 'fair' in war, or are there Godly standards that Christians must honor?"
Sep 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The title of this book doesn't give you anything to go on. It sounds more like a boring history. It's not. It is a beautiful, well written historical drama about William Wallace and the events in his life and the fight for Scotland's independence. It is also a tragic and beautiful love story. Read it.
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May 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book- truly, I did. Where was the Scottish brogue? Och,I dinna ken. After Helen's 3rd or 4th swoon I started to speed read. I did appreciate the scene where Wallace sounds the pibrochs. It's a good book to have around the house to throw at intruders.
Aug 14, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
14 AUG 2014 -- William Wallace! I will download and read the ebook from Project Gutenberg; however, I will be on the lookout for the illustrated book. How can I possibly resist Wyeth illustrations? Could you?

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Graham Cracka
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this at my local library and loved it! The formal writing style of the author gives a feel of antiquity to the story that you don't get from modern authors. It wasn't the easiest read, but I highly recommend reading it if you can track it down.
This book is good, but the good guys are sooooo good and the bad guys are soooo bad that it's hard to find someone that's just a ordinary gray person.
Oct 01, 2010 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

Here I go - slurping those shelves clean
Dec 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inspiring chivalry, exhilarating speeches and one battle after another! A long but good read with a bittersweet end.
Charming piece of heroic nationalism. Dated to 1809, shortly after the Act of Union that created the UK, this book has a political edge to it that shows Scottish virtue in the face of English tyranny. In prophecy, Robert the Bruce will have a lineage to England's throne and unite the two. So, Porter has in mind to make William Wallace a national hero for a United Kingdom that has more of Scotland than England to it. As a hero, Wallace lacks faults that might make him relatable. He's a paragon, w ...more
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this up at a free book table I happened to be passing by. I was pleasantly surprised. I started reading without realizing that it was more fiction than not, but the fact of being written by a woman more than a hundred years ago on a topic I was interested in was enough to keep me going. There were a few asterisks along the way indicating when a point of fact in the story was corroborated by historical accounts. The writing itself is well put together, with beautiful imagery. It was very ...more
Bailey Marissa
This fictionalized story of William Wallace is pretty long, but worth it. The romance between Helen and Wallace (that's apparently real) was great.

Recommended 14+ for violence, romance, stupid people, and talk of war.
May 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very wordy and long. I was really into the story line when I first started but then half way through I realized it was going to end badly and got really bored. I only finished it because it has to be absolute rubbish for me not too.
Nicholas Bobbitt
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Oof. I wish I could bring myself to get this book repaired. It's amazing what good historical fiction can do, but this book's in rough shape.
Faith Stephens
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the great literary feat of my adolescence! It took me 3 years to finish!
Cathy Smyth
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A classic read. Full of rich language and Victorian romance. My only complaint is the one-sidedness of the female characters. Either true evil or saintly goodness. And far too much fainting.
Garon Power
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic. Beautiful cover and illustrations. Glad to own a copy in such good condition.
Mar 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am becoming enamoured of Scottish literature and this novel only strengthens this sentiment with its wonderful, moving descriptions of feudal Scotland and her sons and daughters, under the yolk of English rule, bursting forth with hereditary pride and valor that could not be constrained by foreign imperialism. The character of William Wallace is very strong and compelling as depicted in this rendition of the struggles for Scottish independence and those persons of note who follow him, such as ...more
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Excellent book about William Wallace! It is definitely romanticized, and perhaps not 100% historically accurate, but still a great book. Excellent lesson on honor and doing what you know to be right, even in the face of great opposition.
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Enjoying this book about William Wallace.

"No country is wretched, sweet lady," returned the knight, "till it consents to its own slavery. Bonds and death are utmost of our enemy's malice: the one is beyond his power to inflict, when a man is determined to die or to live free; and for the other, which of us will think that ruin which leads to the blessed freedom of paradise?"

"...when a whole people take up arms to regain their rights, what force can prevent restitution?"

"All warfare that is not d
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Sometimes credited as "Miss Jane Porter."

Jane Porter (17 January 1776–24 May 1850) was an English romantic novelist of Irish descent who co-wrote many works with her sister, Anna Maria Porter. She was born in the Bailey in Durham City.

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