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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: TALES OF THE CRUSADERS. TALE I. THE BETROTHED. CHAPTER I. Now in these dayes were hotte wars upon the Marches of Wales. Lewis's History. The Chronicles, from which this narrative is extracted, Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: TALES OF THE CRUSADERS. TALE I. THE BETROTHED. CHAPTER I. Now in these dayes were hotte wars upon the Marches of Wales. Lewis's History. The Chronicles, from which this narrative is extracted, assure us, that, during the long period when the Welch princes maintained their independence, the year 1187 was peculiarly marked as favourable to peace betwixt them and their warlike neighbours, the Lord Marchers, who inhabited those formidable castles on the frontiers of the ancient British, on the ruins of which the traveller gazes with wonder. This was the time when Baldwin, Archbishop of Canterbury, accompanied by the learned Giraldus de Barri, afterward Bishop of Saint David's, preached the Crusade from castle to castle, from town to town; awakened the inmost valleys of his native Cambria with the call to arms for recovery of the Holy Sepulchre; and, while he deprecated the feuds and wars of Christian men against each other, held out to the martial spirit of the age a general object of ambition, and a scene of adventure, where the favour of Heaven, as well as earthly renown, was to reward the successful champions. Yet the British chieftains, among the thousands whom this spirit-stirring summons called from their native land to a distant and perilous expedition, had perhaps the best excuse for declining the summons. The superior skill of the Anglo- Norman knights, who were engaged in constant inroads on the Welch frontier, and who were frequently detaching from it large portions, which they fortified with castles, thus making good what they had won, was avenged, indeed, but not compensated, by the furious inroads of the British, who, like the billows of a retiring tide, rolled on successively, with noise, fury, and devastation; but, on each retreat, yiejded ground...


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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: TALES OF THE CRUSADERS. TALE I. THE BETROTHED. CHAPTER I. Now in these dayes were hotte wars upon the Marches of Wales. Lewis's History. The Chronicles, from which this narrative is extracted, Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: TALES OF THE CRUSADERS. TALE I. THE BETROTHED. CHAPTER I. Now in these dayes were hotte wars upon the Marches of Wales. Lewis's History. The Chronicles, from which this narrative is extracted, assure us, that, during the long period when the Welch princes maintained their independence, the year 1187 was peculiarly marked as favourable to peace betwixt them and their warlike neighbours, the Lord Marchers, who inhabited those formidable castles on the frontiers of the ancient British, on the ruins of which the traveller gazes with wonder. This was the time when Baldwin, Archbishop of Canterbury, accompanied by the learned Giraldus de Barri, afterward Bishop of Saint David's, preached the Crusade from castle to castle, from town to town; awakened the inmost valleys of his native Cambria with the call to arms for recovery of the Holy Sepulchre; and, while he deprecated the feuds and wars of Christian men against each other, held out to the martial spirit of the age a general object of ambition, and a scene of adventure, where the favour of Heaven, as well as earthly renown, was to reward the successful champions. Yet the British chieftains, among the thousands whom this spirit-stirring summons called from their native land to a distant and perilous expedition, had perhaps the best excuse for declining the summons. The superior skill of the Anglo- Norman knights, who were engaged in constant inroads on the Welch frontier, and who were frequently detaching from it large portions, which they fortified with castles, thus making good what they had won, was avenged, indeed, but not compensated, by the furious inroads of the British, who, like the billows of a retiring tide, rolled on successively, with noise, fury, and devastation; but, on each retreat, yiejded ground...

30 review for Tales of the Crusaders (Volume 1-2); The Betrothed

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    I must be going soft, I really enjoyed this farrago of medieval nonsense, despite the bad character given to my countrymen. (The Welsh.) Mind you, Scott didn't have much to say for the Saxons, either, and there were some bad apples among the Normans too. I even enjoyed his long descriptive passages, and his usual gallery of eccentrics is well up to standard.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Antonia Baird

    Scott can be utterly enjoyable to read, once you give yourself a couple of pages to get the feel for the language -which can contain intricately crafted sentences of nearly a page in length, and for which you need, unusually for the modern era, a singular concentration. The plotting is exciting, if a little slow for the modern reader,and there are set scenes, with rich and detailed descriptions that create vivid pictures in your mind. You have to forgive the conventions of the era, I accept that Scott can be utterly enjoyable to read, once you give yourself a couple of pages to get the feel for the language -which can contain intricately crafted sentences of nearly a page in length, and for which you need, unusually for the modern era, a singular concentration. The plotting is exciting, if a little slow for the modern reader,and there are set scenes, with rich and detailed descriptions that create vivid pictures in your mind. You have to forgive the conventions of the era, I accept that, however it is hard to forgive or to understand the often two dimensional characters, who it is hard to feel sympathy for. On balance, a good old fashioned read, with masterful language and description, and simple adventure where the good guys usually prevail.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Darlene

    Für dieses Buch habe ich fast einen Monat gebraucht. Aber ich bin froh, das Original gelesen zu haben trotz aller Widrigkeiten. Mein Lateinkenntnisse reichten bei weitem nicht aus. Am Ende fand ich das happy-end to much. Etwas weniger hätte genügt. Ich kann mir gut vorstellen, dass Jane Austen den Autor und dieses Buch wegen der romantischen Ader von Waverley und seine Vorliebe für gute Bücher mochte.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tracey the Bookworm

    Not my favourite of Scott's novels but still a well researched story set in England during the time of King Henry II and Archbishop Baldwin.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Boris

    I find Scott's steady prose and predictable plot development a great stress relievers.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Even

    The Betrothed has been described as one of "the dreariest and stupidest book ever produced by a writer of genius", but I don't see why. Set in the Welsh marches during the time of the Crusdades it is an entertaining little tale. It takes Scott a while to really introduce the main characters, and once he has you get the idea that you pretty much know where the story is going, but can enjoy the ride anyway. He then throws a loop at the end. I would have probably enjoyed the book more if it had end The Betrothed has been described as one of "the dreariest and stupidest book ever produced by a writer of genius", but I don't see why. Set in the Welsh marches during the time of the Crusdades it is an entertaining little tale. It takes Scott a while to really introduce the main characters, and once he has you get the idea that you pretty much know where the story is going, but can enjoy the ride anyway. He then throws a loop at the end. I would have probably enjoyed the book more if it had ended the way it seemed to be headed, as it would have meant Scott was exploring a new narrative along with a new time period, but the ending was at once suprising and typical of Scott. Scott usually includes a few idiosyncratic characters into each story, seemingly to lighten the mood, and this one is unusually full of them, All in all not dreary at all

  7. 5 out of 5

    Steve R

    Good, shorter than average, Waverley novel. Tells the tale of Eveline, the betrothed ofSir Hugh Lacy, who went off from Wales to fight in the Crusades and left her under the guardianship of his nephew Damian. A nasty brother, Ranald, tries to usurp the lands from Hugh whi;e he's away, is opposed by Damian, who secretly loves Eveline, and when Hugh returns and vanquishes Ranald, he gallantly gives over his betrothal so that Eveline and Damian can be married. Lovely story.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Meglarsen

    Still reading it but have learned so far: 1. Welch=Welsh 2. Chivalry was not part of the Welsh society. 3. During the crusades knights promised not to war in England because there would be fewer knights to defend since they were all gone to the holy land. 4. You could get a divorced in the 1100s.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Little

    Pretty good.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kåre

    Jeg har kun læst uddrag. Det er gammelt og tungt. Men det er jo angiveligt den første selvbevidste historiske roman. Måske kommer jeg tilbage til den engang.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Jackson

    Again I loved this. Romance, beautiful young woman defending her castle against an assault. Set in the Welsh border country the story is highly entertaining.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    Perhaps a bit predictable, but so well written! It was great fun, and I really enjoyed it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Yibbie

    Boring. The whole story line was extremely predictable. It is slow moving, overly dramatic, and rather dark.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stephen McLoughlin

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

  17. 4 out of 5

    David Hildner

  18. 4 out of 5

    bookthiefj

  19. 5 out of 5

    Eva Driedger

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dominic Carlone

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gwenllian

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lori

  23. 4 out of 5

    W.j. Hastings

  24. 5 out of 5

    Violet

  25. 5 out of 5

    Erin

  26. 4 out of 5

    Calvin Platt

  27. 4 out of 5

    Andy Kline

  28. 4 out of 5

    Franz

  29. 4 out of 5

    Teecee

  30. 5 out of 5

    Dan Lee

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