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The Waverly Novels: The Betrothed (Tales of the Crusaders #1)

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The Betrothed is the first of two Tales of the Crusaders. The action takes place in the Welsh Marches during the latter part of the reign of Henry II, after 1187. Eveline, the 16-year-old daughter of Sir Raymond Berenger, is rescued from a Welsh siege by the forces of Damian Lacy. She is betrothed to his uncle, Sir Hugo, who leaves on a crusade. Rebels led by Ranald Lacy a ...more
Hardcover, 328 pages
Published November 5th 2007 by Wildside Press (first published 1825)
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Nov 29, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical-books
Für dieses Buch habe ich fast einen Monat gebraucht. Aber ich bin froh, das Original gelesen zu haben trotz aller Widrigkeiten. Mein Lateinkenntnisse reichten bei weitem nicht aus.
Am Ende fand ich das happy-end to much. Etwas weniger hätte genügt.

Ich kann mir gut vorstellen, dass Jane Austen den Autor und dieses Buch wegen der romantischen Ader von Waverley und seine Vorliebe für gute Bücher mochte.
Oct 15, 2015 added it
I must be going soft, I really enjoyed this farrago of medieval nonsense, despite the bad character given to my countrymen. (The Welsh.) Mind you, Scott didn't have much to say for the Saxons, either, and there were some bad apples among the Normans too. I even enjoyed his long descriptive passages, and his usual gallery of eccentrics is well up to standard.
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favourite of Scott's novels but still a well researched story set in England during the time of King Henry II and Archbishop Baldwin.
Mar 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Betrothed has been described as one of "the dreariest and stupidest book ever produced by a writer of genius", but I don't see why. Set in the Welsh marches during the time of the Crusdades it is an entertaining little tale. It takes Scott a while to really introduce the main characters, and once he has you get the idea that you pretty much know where the story is going, but can enjoy the ride anyway. He then throws a loop at the end. I would have probably enjoyed the book more if it had end ...more
Antonia Baird
Dec 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Scott can be utterly enjoyable to read, once you give yourself a couple of pages to get the feel for the language -which can contain intricately crafted sentences of nearly a page in length, and for which you need, unusually for the modern era, a singular concentration. The plotting is exciting, if a little slow for the modern reader,and there are set scenes, with rich and detailed descriptions that create vivid pictures in your mind. You have to forgive the conventions of the era, I accept that ...more
Jan 17, 2016 added it
Good, shorter than average, Waverley novel. Tells the tale of Eveline, the betrothed ofSir Hugh Lacy, who went off from Wales to fight in the Crusades and left her under the guardianship of his nephew Damian. A nasty brother, Ranald, tries to usurp the lands from Hugh whi;e he's away, is opposed by Damian, who secretly loves Eveline, and when Hugh returns and vanquishes Ranald, he gallantly gives over his betrothal so that Eveline and Damian can be married. Lovely story.
Aug 28, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People interested in historical fiction and adventure.
Recommended to Meglarsen by: Grandfather
Still reading it but have learned so far:

1. Welch=Welsh
2. Chivalry was not part of the Welsh society.
3. During the crusades knights promised not to war in England because there would be fewer knights to defend since they were all gone to the holy land.
4. You could get a divorced in the 1100s.
Lauren Little
Mar 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good.
Nov 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find Scott's steady prose and predictable plot development a great stress relievers.
Jeg har kun læst uddrag. Det er gammelt og tungt. Men det er jo angiveligt den første selvbevidste historiske roman.
Måske kommer jeg tilbage til den engang.
Victoria Jackson
Again I loved this. Romance, beautiful young woman defending her castle against an assault. Set in the Welsh border country the story is highly entertaining.
Mar 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps a bit predictable, but so well written! It was great fun, and I really enjoyed it.
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: classics
Boring. The whole story line was extremely predictable. It is slow moving, overly dramatic, and rather dark.
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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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