He was bolstered in this resolution by the disappointing sales of his recent narrative poem Rokeby and the pressing financial difficulties of John Ballantyne 's publishing business, in which Scott was silent half-partner see Financial Hardship. Consulted once again on the completion of the first volume, Will Erskine reversed his original opinion, and warmly encouraged Scott. The second and third volumes were completed in an extraordinary three-week burst in June , and Waverley with the subtitle updated to ''tis Sixty Years Since' , published on 7 July, a few weeks before Scott's forty-third birthday.
The novel illustrated, right was published anonymously and, in order to preserve Scott's incognito, the manuscript had been copied out in John Ballantyne's hand before going to print. Scott's novels would continue to be published anonymously or under pseudonyms until when Scott admitted to his authorship at a public dinner. Only those closest to Scott were let into the secret of his authorship, though thousands more came to suspect it.
There is no clear single reason why Scott wished to remain anonymous, but a number of factors contributed to his decision. Firstly, the novel was not considered a serious genre at the time, especially in comparison with the sort of narrative verse that Scott had hitherto published. Secondly, writing fiction would not have been regarded as a decorous pastime for a Clerk of the Session see Professional Life. Finally, Scott viewed the publication of Waverley as an experiment upon the public taste and wished to protect his reputation should the book fail.
As time went on, though, and the Waverley Novels became ever more popular, Scott's anonymity undoubtedly also appealed to his taste for romance and mystery.
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Over the next five years, Scott wrote a further eight novels set in seventeenth- or eighteenth-century Scotland. It is substantially upon these works that Scott's critical reputation now rests. Guy Mannering and The Antiquary , Scott's own favourite amongst his novels, complete, with Waverley , an ideal trilogy illustrating three periods of Scottish history from the s to the s.
Each volume brought further commercial success. Critical opinion was broadly favourable though there was the first hint of charges that would be regularly leveled at Scott's future novels: that he repeated his characters under different names, failed to make his Scots dialogue sufficiently comprehensible for an English audience, relied excessively on the supernatural, or was irreverent in matters of religion.
For his next publication Scott made a further attempt to mystify the public, adopting the nom de plume of Jedediah Cleishbotham, schoolmaster at the fictional village of Gandercleuch. Cleishbotham purported to be editing the narratives of one Peter Pattieson which in turn were supposed to be based on stories told by the landlord of the local inn. As the volume was to be published by Blackwood rather than Constable, Scott hoped that the public would believe a new writer had appeared to challenge the supremacy of the 'Author of Waverley '.
Tales of My Landlord was originally to consist of four short novels on Scottish regional themes. However, The Tale of Old Mortality , set during the anti-Covenanting campaign of John Graham of Claverhouse, grew to fill three volumes, and of the other stories, only The Black Dwarf was completed and published along with it. The Tales matched the commercial success of the earlier trilogy, and critics concurred with Scott's own assessment that Old Mortality illustrated, above right was his best work to date. They equally, however, shared Scott's view that The Black Dwarf , a tale of family rivalry in early eighteenth-century Scotland, retrod old ground.
Written when Scott was critically ill, The Bride of Lammermoor illustrated, left was a return to the world of the Border ballads. One of the few Scott novels to have a tragic conclusion, its tale of foredoomed love immediately caught the public imagination. It inspired many artists and gave rise to numerous stage and musical adaptations, most famously Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor. Its companion-piece A Legend of Montrose , set during the Royalist Earl of Montrose's Highland campaign against the Covenanters in , has remained somewhat in its shadow.
Its mercenary anti-hero, Captain Dalgetty, however has since been recognized as one of Scott's finest comic characters.
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Nonetheless, Scott did not immediately seek to replicate the success of Ivanhoe with another chivalric romance. His next two novels returned to a Scottish setting. If the former disappointed many readers including Scott himself , the latter, dealing with Mary's escape from imprisonment, fully restored his reputation. Its success helped Scott overcome his initial misgivings about his ability to inhabit the sixteenth-century imaginatively, and his next novel Kenilworth was set in Elizabethan England.
Scott, by this stage, was writing at a feverish rate, and before the end of had published a further novel, The Pirate , set in early seventeenth-century Shetland and Orkney. Excluded from the relatively limited twentieth-century Scott canon, The Abbot and The Pirate remained amongst Scott's most popular works throughout the nineteenth-century, providing source material for many Victorian artists, and inspiring tourist pilgrimages to Loch Leven portrayed, above left and the Northern Isles.
Kenilworth too was a major European success and, long dismissed as a succession of historical tableaux, has recently enjoyed a critical revival. With these works he returned to the seventeenth century. The former is set shortly after the Union of the Crowns and traces the efforts of a Scottish nobleman to protect his inheritance at the court of King James VI and I. The latter deals with the so-called Popish Plot of Although Scott retained his popularity with the reading public, critical opinion was by now divided.
She also produced the best-selling fantast title The Broken Thread. She published several children's pictures books, and poetry and short fiction in literary periodicals. Linda Smith loved Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books when she was growing up on the prairies, and regularly pretended that she was a pioneer. The Minstrel's Daughter. Linda Smith. Catherine Jinks, Pagan's Crusade , about a sixteen-year-old boy who becomes squire to a Templar knight just before the fall of Jerusalem to Saladin's forces; 1 in the Pagan series.
Catherine Jinks, Pagan in Exile , about a squire to a Templar knight who returns to France in after Jerusalem falls; 2 in the Pagan series. Catherine Jinks, Pagan's Vows , about a squire to a former Templar knight who enters a convent and finds all is not well within its walls; 3 in the Pagan series. Catherine Jinks, Pagan's Scribe , about a boy hired by an Archdeacon to serve as his scribe as a crusade against the Cathar heretics in France begins; 4 in the Pagan series.
Gary Robert Muschla, Crusaders , about the sixteen-year-old son of a Norman knight who travels to Jerusalem with a French count and his beautiful daughter during the First Crusade; Christian message. Gary Robert Muschla, The Sword and the Cross , about a seventeen-year-old boy in Spain who becomes a count when his parents die in and must defend his territory from the lord who killed his parents as well as from the invading Moors; Christian message.
Susan Peek, Crusader King , about Baldwin IV, who became the Christian King of Jerusalem in when he was thirteen and struggled with leprosy and a corrupt court; Christian message. Ronald Welch, Knight Crusader , about a seventeen-year-old boy learning to be a knight in his father's castle in Jerusalem during the time of Richard the Lionheart and the Third Crusade in the twelfth century. Karleen Bradford, Angeline about a peasant girl persuaded to join the Children's Crusade who is forced into slavery in the Middle East after being betrayed by her own people.
Recommended for preteens and young teens. Karleen Bradford, There Will Be Wolves , about a girl condemned as a witch who escapes execution by going on crusade with her father during the First Crusade. Grant, Blood Red Horse , about two thirteen-year-old boys, one Christian and one Muslim, fighting on opposite sides during a battle between the armies of Richard the Lionheart and Saladin during the Third Crusade; 1 in the De Granville trilogy.
Grant, Green Jasper , about two English brothers who return from the Crusades to find England in turmoil because King Richard has not returned; 2 in the De Granville trilogy. Grant, Blaze of Silver , about a young Englishman chosen to help collect and deliver the ransom to free King Richard from imprisonment, and a young Arab in the Middle East who is in trouble for refusing to kill Saladin; 3 in the De Granville trilogy.
Jewett, Big John's Secret , about a boy raised as a serf who discovers his true heritage, trains to become a knight, and joins the Fifth Crusade in the hope of finding his father; Christian message. Michael P. Spradlin, Keeper of the Grail , about a fourteen-year-old orphan who becomes the squire of a Templar knight on his way to fight in the Holy Land; 1 in the The Youngest Templar series.
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Spradlin, Trail of Fate , about a young squire assigned to bring the Holy Grail to England who falls for a pretty girl along the way; 2 in the The Youngest Templar series. Spradlin, Orphan of Destiny , about an orphan who returns to the abbey where he was brought up to find it in ruins; 3 in the The Youngest Templar series.
Julie Berry, The Passion of Dolssa , about a girl in thirteenth-century France who flees her hometown after she is accused of heresy, and finds shelter with a woman who runs a tavern in a fishing village. Grant, Blue Flame , about the son of a Cathar weaver and the daughter of a Catholic family who fall in love in a time of religious conflict, as a mystical Blue Flame kindled at the moment of Christ's death is in danger of falling into the wrong hands; 1 in the Perfect Fire trilogy.
Grant, White Heat , about a young couple in love who have been separated during a time of religious conflict; 2 in the Perfect Fire trilogy. Grant, Paradise Red , about a young couple in love who have been separated during a time of religious conflict; 3 in the Perfect Fire trilogy. Mary Hoffman, Troubadour , about a young troubadour and the noblewoman who loves him during the thirteenth-century persecution of the Cathars in southern France. Henrietta Branford, The Fated Sky , about a sixteen-year-old Viking girl who flees Norway after she is chosen to be a sacrifice and goes to live in Iceland instead, where life is almost as dangerous for her.
Michael Cadnum, Raven of the Waves , about a seventeen-year-old Viking on his first raiding mission and his encounter with an Anglo-Saxon captive. Pauline Chandler, Viking Girl , about a Viking princess in ninth-century England who must defend her tribe against hostile Saxons while trying to find out who killed her father.
Joan Clark, The Dream Carvers , about a Viking boy from Greenland who, on a trip in search of lumber, is captured by a native Greenlander. Marie-Louise Jensen, Daughter of Fire and Ice , about a fifteen-year-old Viking girl who sees visions of the future and is kidnapped by her father's enemy, who takes her on his voyage to Iceland during the tenth century. Marie-Louise Jensen, Sigrun's Secret , about a fifteen-year-old girl from Iceland who must go into exile with her father in Jorvik now York, England after he is accused of murder. Review at Rebecca's Book Blog.
Judson Roberts, Viking Warrior , about a fourteen-year-old Viking slave suddenly given the chance to become a warrior after his father dies; 1 in the Strongbow Saga. Judson Roberts, Dragons from the Sea , about a fifteen-year-old Viking warrior on a mission of revenge; 2 in the Strongbow Saga. Marcus Sedgwick, Midwinter Blood , linked short stories about passion and love, set on a remote Scandinavian island and moving backward in time from the present to the time of the Vikings.
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Kevin Crossley-Holland, Scramasax , about the daughter of a Viking adventurer who joins her father in Constantinople to find conflicts have broken out between the Viking guards and the Islamic people in nearby Sicily; 2 in the Viking Sagas series.
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Susan Price, Feasting the Wolf , about a young Viking who leaves his farm with a friend to join a group of raiders. Louise E. Schaff, Skald of the Vikings , about a thirteen-year-old Viking skald, or singer, who takes part in an expedition from Greenland to Vinland. Rosemary Sutcliff, Chess-Dream in a Garden , historical fantasy inspired by a twelfth-century chess set; a picture book for ages 4 and up.
Rosemary Sutcliff, Sword Song , about a sixteen-year-old boy in Viking Scotland who becomes a warrior after he is exiled from his home; a manuscript discovered and published after the author's death in Recommended for older teens content includes violence and sex. Diane L. Wilson, I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade , about a girl in fourteenth-century Mongolia whose greatest wish is to win a horse race.
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Felicity Pulman, Lilies for Love , about a girl who travels to Wiltune Abbey in search of her absent father and the truth about her mother's death; 3 in the Janna mystery series. Felicity Pulman, Willows for Weeping , about a girl who travels to Stonehenge in search of her father during the war between Stephen and Maud for the throne of England; 4 in the Janna mystery series.
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Martha Bennett Stiles, The Star in the Forest , about a sixth-century lord's daughter in Gaul who witnesses her brother's death and fears it may be the first step in a plot to steal her father's lands. America 19th C. Jump to: Medieval Celts, A. Medieval Anglo-Saxons, A. Review or Author Interview Katy Moran, Bloodline Rising , about a boy who makes his way in Constantinople as the city's most daring and successful thief until he is enslaved and put on a ship sailing to the British kingdom of Mercia; 2 in the Bloodline series.
BBYA Rebecca Tingle, Far Traveler , about the sixteen-year-old daughter of Athelflaed, the Lady of Mercia, who after her mother's death disguises herself as a bard in order to escape a diplomatic marriage to an older man; sequel to The Edge on the Sword. BBYA Theresa Tomlinson, Wolf Girl , about a fourteen-year-old girl in Anglo-Saxon times who sets out to prove the innocence of her mother, at risk of being hanged for stealing a valuable necklace.