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1905. Sir Walter Scott was a master of diverse talents. He was a man of letters, a dedicated historian and historiographer, a well-read translator of foreign texts, and a talented poet. Deriving most of his material from his native Scotland, its history and its legends, Scott invented and mastered what we know today as the historical novel. The novel is set in 1679 and concerns the military campaign waged by John Graham of Claverhouse's government forces against a Covenanting army. The hero is Henry Morton of Milnwood, a moderate Presbyterian, who is arrested by Claverhouse's troops for harboring John Burley of Balfour, a Covenanting friend of his father. Unknown to Morton, Burley has participated in the murder of Archbishop Sharpe of St. Andrews (hated by the Covenanters for deserting their cause and aiding the restoration of Episcopalianism), the event which triggered the uprising. Morton is sentenced to death but is saved through the intervention of Lord Evandale, his friend and rival for the hand of Edith Bellenden. See the many other works by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.