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Find Out What Scott Really WroteGoing 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 and fortune in the France of Louis XI in the fifteenth century. He knows little and understands less, but Scott represents his ignorance and naivet 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 France which 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 trusted councillor of Charles the Bold of Burgundy until 1472, when

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ISBN-13: 9780748605798
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication date: 04/05/2001
Series: Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels
Pages: 595
Product dimensions: 5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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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