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The Admirable Crichton

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William Harrison Ainsworth (1805-1882) gained fame as the author of Rookwood, a novel about Dick Turpin. This is the second volume of his collection of historical romances.
Paperback, 420 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 2006)
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[These notes were made in 1984. Read in the London : Howell, [ca 1870?] edition.] I had several false starts on this one, but mainly because of other pressures and the small, bad print, I think, for it is actually better shaped and written than some of the Ainsworths I've read. It has a double plot-centre: a political intrigue by Catherine de Medici to replace her son Henry III by her other son; and a romantic triangle involving Marguerite of Navarre, Crichton (a Scottish adventurer - "The Admir ...more
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William Harrison Ainsworth was educated at Manchester Grammar School and later articled to a solicitor, deserting this profession for literature.

Among his best known novels are The Tower of London (1840), Old St. Paul's (1841), Windsor Castle (1843) and The Lancashire Witches (1848).
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