- Waverley novels 1828-1832
[Sir Walter Scott]. Chronicles of the Canongate: second series. [1st edition]. Edinburgh: Printed for Cadell and Co., Edinburgh; and Simpkin and Marshall, London, 1828. Two volumes; Vol. 1 displayed.
second series of Chronicles of the
Canongate was originally intended to be a compendium of shorter fiction
like the first series. It comprises, however, a single novel Saint Valentine’s Day, or, The fair maid of
Perth, set in the turbulent times of late fourteenth century Perth when the
mild Robert III was king of Scotland. It was Scott’s last major commercial and
critical success as a writer of fiction.
[Sir Walter Scott]. Chronicles of the Canongate: second series. [1st edition]. Edinburgh: Printed for Cadell and Co., Edinburgh; and Simpkin and Marshall, London, 1828. Two volumes; Vol. 2 displayed.
publisher was urging him in the direction of chivalry but Scott felt the
reading public was sated with such works. Scott resolved to refresh the
chivalric element by utilising the theme of the ‘brave coward’ producing
(unusually for Scott) a novel with a tragic bent. The action culminates in a
ceremonial battle in which the champions of two clans fight to settle a
grievance in the presence of King Robert.
[Sir Walter Scott]. Anne of Geierstein, or, The maiden of the mist. [1st edition]. Edinburgh: Printed for Cadell and Co., Edinburgh; and Simpkin and Marshall, London, 1829. Three volumes; Vol. 1 displayed.
a sequel to Quentin Durward, Anne of Geierstein focusses on the
downfall and eventual defeat of Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy at the
Battle of Nancy. Set during the reign of Edward IV shortly after the Yorkist
victory at the Battle of Tewkesbury (1471), the action unfolds chiefly in
France and Switzerland. The plot follows two exiled Lancastrians, John de Vere,
Earl of Oxford and his son Arthur who travel to the Court of Charles hoping to
convert him to the Lancastrian cause. The title character is a young Countess
who rescues Arthur when attacked by vertigo in the Swiss Alps.
the profound reservations of both Scott and his publisher, Anne of Geierstein sold well, especially in England.
[Sir Walter Scott]. Tales of my landlord: fourth and last series. [1st edition]. Printed for Robert Cadell, Edinburgh; and Whittaker and Co., London, 1832. Four volumes; Vol. 1 displayed.
during times of rapidly deteriorating health and published ten months before
Scott’s death, the fourth series of Tales
of my landlord comprises his two last novels, Count Robert of Paris and Castle
Count Robert of Paris is set in Constantinople during
the reign of Emperor Alexius Comnenus during the first Crusade in 1096. The
plot unfolds as the valiant and haughty Frankish knight Count Robert grossly
insults the Emperor and is subsequently held hostage. Castle Dangerous is set in the Scottish borders during the Wars of
Independence and focuses on the English defence of Castle Douglas against the
forces of Robert the Bruce.
and colleagues feared for the effects of overwork and Scott suffered two
strokes while working on Castle dangerous.
Plagued by self-doubt, and aware that his creative powers were waning due to
failing health, Scott was astonished at the continuing loyalty of the reading
public to his works.