Quentin Durward

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Edinburgh University Press, 2001 - 595 страници
Find out what Scott really wrote going back to the original manuscripts, a team of scholars has uncovered what Scott originally wrote and intended his public to read before errors, misreadings and expurgations crept in during production. Quentin Durward is a young Scotsman seeking fame andfortune in the France of Louis XI in the fifteenth century. He knows little and understands less, but Scott represents his ignorance and naivete as useful to 'the most sagacious prince in Europe' who needs servants motivated solely by the desire for coin and credit and lacking any interest in Francewhich would interfere with the execution of his political aims.In Quentin Durward Scott studies the first modern state in the process of destroying the European feudal system.By far the most important of Scott's sources for Quentin Durward is the splendid Memoirs of Philippe de Comines. Comines, who has more than a walk-on role in the novel itself, was trustedcouncillor of Charles the Bold of Burgundy until 1472, when Louis XI persuaded him to enter his service. Scott's contrasting portraits of Louis and Charles, crafty king and fiery duke, essentially derives from Comines, whose memoirs are generally regarded as the first example of modern analyticalhistory rather than chronicle. But it is as story that Quentin Durward succeeds, and it is one of Scott's most absorbing tales.

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J. H. Alexander is Reader Emeritus in English at the University of Aberdeen G A M Wood is Formerly Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Stirling

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