To quote the Encyclopaedia Britannica:-
“Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet, (born August 15, 1771, Edinburgh, Scotland – died September 21, 1832, Abbotsford, Roxburgh, Scotland), Scottish novelist, poet, historian, and biographer who is often considered both the inventor and the greatest practitioner of the historical novel.”
So why do I know so little about Scott?
I confess I have only read one of his books (Ivanhoe).
I suspect that was because I’d had a girlish crush on Roger Moore, who played the Eponymous hero in a long-ago TV series.
Scott’s Scottish tales use a lot of old Scots dialect, which can be baffling (nay, impenetrable) to many readers.
But that’s changed and now I know more about Scott
A couple of weeks back, I came pretty close to the man himself. Well, to his tomb. And his books. Continue reading