The Talisman

The Talisman Walter Scott
  • Title: The Talisman
  • Author: Walter Scott
  • ISBN: 9781592247707
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Talisman Walter Scott The Talisman The Talisman is Sir Walter Scott s tale of the Crusades a tale of chivalry of violence of virtue romance and deceit In Scott s own words e warlike character of Richard I wild and generous a patt
    The Talisman is Sir Walter Scott s tale of the Crusades a tale of chivalry, of violence, of virtue, romance, and deceit In Scott s own words e warlike character of Richard I, wild and generous, a pattern of chivalry, with all its extravagant virtues, and its no less absurd errors, was opposed to that of Saladin, in which the Christian and English monarch showed aThe Talisman is Sir Walter Scott s tale of the Crusades a tale of chivalry, of violence, of virtue, romance, and deceit In Scott s own words e warlike character of Richard I, wild and generous, a pattern of chivalry, with all its extravagant virtues, and its no less absurd errors, was opposed to that of Saladin, in which the Christian and English monarch showed all the cruelty and violence of an Eastern sultan, and Saladin, on the other hand, displayed the deep policy and prudence of a European sovereign, whilst each contended which should excel the other in the knightly qualities of bravery and generosity This singular contrast afforded, as the author conceived, materials for a work of fiction possessing peculiar interest.
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    About Walter Scott


    1. Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name Sir Walter Scott was born on August 15, 1771 in Edinburgh, Scotland Scott created and popularized historical novels in a series called the Waverley Novels In his novels Scott arranged the plots and characters so the reader enters into the lives of both great and ordinary people caught up in violent, dramatic changes in history.Scott s work shows the influence of the 18th century enlightenment He believed every human was basically decent regardless of class, religion, politics, or ancestry Tolerance is a major theme in his historical works The Waverley Novels express his belief in the need for social progress that does not reject the traditions of the past He was the first novelist to portray peasant characters sympathetically and realistically, and was equally just to merchants, soldiers, and even kings.Central themes of many of Scott s novels are about conflicts between opposing cultures Ivanhoe 1819 is about war between Normans and Saxons The Talisman 1825 is about conflict between Christians and Muslims His novels about Scottish history deal with clashes between the new English culture and the old Scottish Scott s other great novels include ,iOld Mortality 1816 , The Heart of Midlothian 1819 , and St Ronan s Well 1824 His Waverley series includes Rob Roy 1817 , A Legend of Montrose 1819 , and Quentin Durward 1823.Scott s amiability, generosity, and modesty made him popular with his contemporaries He was also famous for entertaining on a grand scale at his Scottish estate, Abbotsford.


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    1. A lone knight, heavily armed, covered with armor, travels through the hot, arid desert, to reach the Dead Sea, equally without life, on horseback, he looks at the empty surface, the small waves, a peculiar odor that omits from it, the strange color, unlike any other lake, the salt contents so thick, that a person floats to the top, without effort, underneath the Bible says, the wicked cities destroyed by God, lie, hundreds of feet below, at the never seen bottom Sir Kenneth of Scotland, as he ca [...]

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    2. The Talisman wins my respect for its sympathetic portrayal of a Muslim rare for 1825 and it wins my affection not only for its memorable characterizations of Lionheart and Saladin, but also for its vivid descriptions of Crusader and Saracen dress and pageantry The style is verbose, the dialogue is infuriating in its deliberate stiltedness as if anyone ever talked in this pseudo Medieval fashion , and its plot a far cry from the carefully structured Ivanhoe is thin and melodramatic with one devic [...]

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    3. The Talisman Tales of the Crusaders 2 , 1825 , Sir Walter Scott 1971 1340 345 19

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    4. Sir Walter Scott writes wonderfully enjoyable historical fiction He first ventured into this realm in 1814 with the novel, Waverley which was published anonymously as Scott s first venture into prose fiction and possibly the first ever historical novel His subsequent novels came to be called Waverley novels, including this story The Talisman is the middle in the trilogy about one of England s most popular kings King Richard I the Lion Hearted , which begins with The Betrothed and concludes with [...]

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    5. From BBC Radio 4 Drama The Talisman is the finale of Scott s novels set during the crusades but this one features the dying dog days of the Third Crusade Richard the Lionheart is de facto leader but the military expedition has ground to a halt and the allies are getting itchy feet They are sick of Richard s over bearing leadership and, to make it worse, very few of them still believe Jerusalem can be reconquered.To the modern reader this must be a rather recondite setting Beyond the jousting and [...]

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    6. Sir Walter Scott was a much loved author of the 19th century he wrote great tales of adventure, as appealing now as they were then, but today we read them with a keen awareness of the British sense of entitlement which guides Scott s characters actions.The Talisman is a tale of the Crusades, set in 1190 and beginning when there was a truce between the Saracens and King Richard the Lionheart As with many another historical novel, Scott takes liberties with the historical record, and probably with [...]

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    7. Published in 1825, The Talisman is certainly not Sir Walter Scott s most weighty work in terms of either length, complexity of plot, or profundity, but it is interesting in several respects Set in 12th century Palestine, during the Third Crusade, it features Richard I of England the Lion heart and figures both historical and fictional that surrounded him at that time This Crusade eventually broke up without having achieved its goal of capturing Jerusalem from the Muslims, largely because of squa [...]

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    8. As with Ivanhoe , The Talisman is a humorous, exciting, romantic adventure that deals with the Crusades, the Church, ambitious Europeans lords of Christendom, and Richard the Lionheart This book, however, takes place in the Holy Land during the Third Crusade and contrary to expectations contains little Christian Mohammadan hostilities, but rather is driven entirely on the conflict of in fighting and conspiring within the Christian camp.There are so many intriguing facets to the novel The portray [...]

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    9. I have to admit that the overwhelming feeling I am left with after finishing this book is one of amusement It s a story largely of man s folly in believing that honour is the most important thing to consider to the point that King Richard very nearly kills our hero just because someone stole a flag that he was supposed to be guarding But once you get over the really old fashioned points of view, the story is ok Set at the times of the crusades, it follows Sir Kenneth as he sort of falls from one [...]

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    10. Sir Walter Scott s second Crusades novel, The Talisman 1825 , is an absorbing and humorous book set in the holy land during the 3rd Crusade The Crusaders are not unlike the invading and besieging Greeks in The Iliad formidable fighters riven by the mutual pride, suspicion, envy, and hatred of their leaders, a connection that Scott highlights by comparing Richard the Lionheart to Achilles and King Philip of France to Odysseus And the major movement of the plot hinges on an argument over the relat [...]

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    11. I have now become an avid Scott fan

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    12. In a nutshell Set in the time of the Crusades circa 1191 , The Talisman primarily follows the travails of a Scottish knight, Sir Kenneth Due in part to the extreme illness of King Richard, the European allied armies have established a temporary peace with Saladin, the Sultan leading the Muslim forces.The story opens as Sir Kenneth travels alone in a desert He soon encounters another lone fighter, an Emir from Kurdistan and they battle When each recognizes the other as a worthy adversary, they de [...]

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    13. This is the best of Walter Scott s works which I have read to date I think I hesitate before giving four stars because this writer is extremely predictable His approach and opinions and manner of presenting historical events is I have read five books so far I think always the same In this work, his strengths are especially favourably utilised By his strengths I have in mind his pictorial presentation of historical events and persons The opening scenes of this tale are like a painting in words Th [...]

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    14. This is not an easy book to read as it was written in 1825, but it is well worth the effort However only one person in my book club agreed, but we were the only two who finished Sir Walter Scott s insight into the location and people of the crusades is incredible given that he never traveled to the Holy Land.

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    15. I understand that Scott invented the genre of historical fiction with this novel, which follows the Richard the Lionhearted on the Third Crusade Although some liberties were taken with certain events, it is generally true to the story and wonderfully depicts the scenery, trappings, customs, social and military protocols, most particularly the nature of classical chivalry There are several twists and reveals that completely upend your understanding of what s going on, making it just that much fu [...]

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    16. A great piece of historical fiction, written, I think, 600 years after the scene depicted, in beautiful classical prose I was most impressed by the theme of honor, and specifically how committed the various characters, both male and female, were to maintaining their own particular honor, and upholding their fidelity to their respective social positions The ending was happy as well, which is better than some of Scott s work I give extra applause to The Lay of the Bloody Vest.

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    17. Interesting historically style, 18th c romanticism, etc but not my cup of tea Actually only made it about half way through then turned to the plot summary on

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    18. There is something very special about old books, I like to think of this one as a great example of how old books were extremely epic.Good writing, easy to read.Had a lot of fun with this one.

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    19. It had a really slow start Really slow If you can make it through the first section, it was pretty good.

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    20. Sir Walter Scott is a master of historical fiction I enjoyed The Talisman, not only because of its well drawn characters and plot intrigues, but for all that I learned about the Crusades I had never understood just how and why they were begun, why the kings had to lead them leaving their distant homelands vulnerable , why the crusaders abandoned their task, and the fact that there were Christians in Jerusalem at the time I knew a little about Suleiman, the Ottoman Sultan, whose sense of honor, c [...]

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    21. The Talisman is set during the Second Crusade, and skilfully interweaves historical facts and personalities with the fictional narrative Scott single handedly invented the historical novel as we now think of it, and this is one of his finest.The story follows the fortunes of Sir Kenneth, a Scottish knight who is in the Holy Land occupied by an army of Christian allies France, England and Austria to restore his family fortunes At the opening of the novel he has a chance encounter with an Arab doc [...]

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    22. This is my May selection in my challenge to myself I plan to read a classic novel each month this year So how does May stack up I chose The Talisman because, long ago, when the dinosaurs ruled the earth, I read and loved Ivanhoe The Talisman is set in roughly the same time frame and is in the period of history that I just love to read about Our hero is a Scots knight on crusade with Richard the Lionheart How could this be better Well several ways Ivanhoe was acutely plotted Every turn of the plo [...]

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    23. r know, that had my assailant been in very deed the Prince of Darkness, thou wert bound not the less to enter into combat with him in thy comrade s behalf If you loved Ivanhoe, as I did, and want something similar with Richard the Lionheart, this is it If you, like me, love the legends of Coeur de Lion and Saladin and aren t particularly interested in the accuracy of the details of the Crusade, this is also for you It can be read as a prequel to Ivanhoe, though it shares only one character, or [...]

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    24. Ok, so the main character goes by the following name Sir Kenneth of the Couchant Leopard If this doesn t make you want to read this I don t know what will The story of The Talisman promises a lot of dry dialogue during the first four chapters, between a Saracen and a Nazarene about their respective religions For a 20th century girl there was an alarming quantity of bigotry throughout the entire novel Oh well, I guess that s what they did in the middle ages well you know, and after And before now [...]

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    25. The Tailsman gets some points for originality, being the first of the Waverley Novels set outside of Europe, and only the second outside of the British Isles It also deserves some credit for presenting a flattering image of the Muslim Saladin, as many of Scott s previous portrayls of non Christians were decidedley less so Scott s presentation of Saladin was so favorable that it almost single handedly resurrected Saladin from obscurity to a modern day icon of Arab nationalism The story starts off [...]

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    26. In the beginning this book was very slow But it was interesting Not that everyone would find it so But its strength was in its slowness We so rarely let our minds become quiet, and slip into another time, or rather a reconstruction of another time The handkerchief falling from the hand of Edith Plantagenet had the meditative quality of the images in medieval literature While reading it I was taken back to Chr tien de Troyes, to the blood spots in the snow that Perceval stared at, transfixed The [...]

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    27. I had recently bought a full 19th century set of the Waverley novels, and as there are over twenty of them I thought I better get stuck in The story is set during the 3rd Crusade, with the towering historical figures of Saladin and Richard the Lion Heart figuring prominently The hero, however, is the fictional Kenneth of Scotland, a noble but seemingly lowly knight who conducts a seemingly fruitless courtly romance with the high born Edith Plantagenet.It s all about love and honour and as you ca [...]

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    28. This epic takes place in the land of Isaral during the third Crusade King Richard the Lion Heart is in charge of the Christian armies, though many of the various factions are divided in purpose He and his forces are arrayed against the Saracens under Saladin, though during the narrative the warring armies are at truce The book opens with a Scottish knight confronting a Saracen warrior in the deseret near the Dead Sea They fight to a draw then make peace and become respected friends A carefully d [...]

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    29. Scottish knight, Sir Kenneth, is alone in the wilderness of the middle east, seeking help for his squire who is deathly ill He becomes unlikely companions with an Islamic Kurdish warrior At first the two hold the other in contempt, but a grudging respect grows between them Sir Kenneth is looking for a certain mysterious hermit to ask him for healing for his squire, and on secret business for the knights templar King Richard lies ill and his crusade is on the brink of failure due to infighting am [...]

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