Walter Scott

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Marmion: A Tale of Flodden Field is a historical romance written in verse by Sir Walter Scott. Originally published in 1808, the poem concludes with the Battle of Flodden - a battle fought near Branxton in the county of Northumberland in 1513 between the Kingdom of England and Kingdom of Scotland (England won). The plot of Scott's book tells of Lord Marmion who hatches a plot with a nun to gain the affections of Clara de Clare by implicating her fiance, Sir Ralph De Wilton. Things don't go to plan, however, and ideas of revenge are thwarted by the Battle.

When it was first published, Marmion was a hit with the public, particularly the story of Lochinvar in Canto 5. It also had admirers in the Brontë sisters, two of whom mentioned it in their books (Jane Eyre, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall).

This book has 145 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1808. This 1888 edition was edited by Henry Morley.

Production notes: This ebook of Marmion was published by Global Grey ebooks on the 28th April 2021. The artwork used for the cover is 'Portrait of Alfonso d'Este' by Titian.

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