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Quentin Durward : a romance (original 1823; edição 1823)

por Sir Walter Scott

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Find out what Scott really wrote going back to the original manuscripts, a team of scholars has uncovered what Scott originally wrote and intended his public to read before errors, misreadings and expurgations crept in during production. Quentin Durward is a young Scotsman seeking fame andfortune in the France of Louis XI in the fifteenth century. He knows little and understands less, but Scott represents his ignorance and naivete as useful to 'the most sagacious prince in Europe' who needs servants motivated solely by the desire for coin and credit and lacking any interest in Francewhich would interfere with the execution of his political aims.In Quentin Durward Scott studies the first modern state in the process of destroying the European feudal system.By far the most important of Scott's sources for Quentin Durward is the splendid Memoirs of Philippe de Comines. Comines, who has more than a walk-on role in the novel itself, was trustedcouncillor of Charles the Bold of Burgundy until 1472, when Louis XI persuaded him to enter his service. Scott's contrasting portraits of Louis and Charles, crafty king and fiery duke, essentially derives from Comines, whose memoirs are generally regarded as the first example of modern analyticalhistory rather than chronicle. But it is as story that Quentin Durward succeeds, and it is one of Scott's most absorbing tales.… (mais)
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Título:Quentin Durward : a romance
Autores:Sir Walter Scott
Informação:Boston : Samuel H. Parker, 1823.
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  TORTOSAGUARDIA | Jan 2, 2021 |
Probably the only novel by Walter Scott I didn't find long-winded, and the only one I ever read in which he occasionally tried to be humorous - and succeeded. ( )
  Stravaiger64 | Sep 27, 2019 |
Quentin Durward came just over halfway through the Waverley Novels, in 1823, and was Scott's first experiment with a novel set "over the water". It's 1468, and our eponymous hero is a manly young Scotsman of noble ancestry, left orphaned and penniless by the effects of a fine old traditional Scottish blood-feud with a neighbouring clan. He comes to France to enrol with the mercenaries of the King's Scottish Archers, where his uncle is already serving. But he doesn't do his career prospects much good when he falls in love with the beautiful Countess Isabelle, who has inadvertently put herself at the centre of the latest instalment in a long-running power struggle between Louis XI and her guardian, Charles the Bold of Burgundy.

As often happens in Scott, the author doesn't seem to find it very easy to work up a further interest in the hero, having once set him up as a sex-god, brave fighting man and figure of impeccable chivalry, so Quentin becomes largely someone that things happen to. The same applies to Isabelle, who is offstage and silent practically all the way through the book, with only one big scene of her own near the end. So the focus of the novel comes to rest more and more on the complex character of Louis XI and the various shady types in his entourage. Louis is portrayed as someone who despises the traditional models of kingly behaviour and is trying to remodel himself as a prototype of the ruthless, cunning Machiavellian ruler (just in time: Machiavelli would be born the following year!). But feudalism isn't quite dead yet, and Scott has a lot of fun with the resulting ideological conflicts. And, of course, his lawyer side comes out in various mentions of abstruse principles of feudal law and custom. So, a bit flat as an adventure story, moderately interesting as a political novel.

As usual, Scott allows himself to move historical events around a bit to suit the convenience of the plot. Conventions have changed in the meantime, and a modern writer wouldn't get away with doing this as blatantly as Scott does, but there's no real deception involved - Scott always explains just how he's cheated in his detailed notes. ( )
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  ariesblue | Mar 31, 2013 |
You might think a 19th century novel about a 15th century historical event would be dull, but Scott is known for his adventures, and this historical novel is no exception. It actually reminded me quite a bit of Game of Thrones, with much much much less sex. There is humor, love, fun, fighting, and some rather hateful stereotypes of gypsies. Something for everyone!

[full review here: http://spacebeer.blogspot.com/2012/02/quentin-durward-by-sir-walter-scott.html ] ( )
  kristykay22 | Feb 21, 2012 |
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Find out what Scott really wrote going back to the original manuscripts, a team of scholars has uncovered what Scott originally wrote and intended his public to read before errors, misreadings and expurgations crept in during production. Quentin Durward is a young Scotsman seeking fame andfortune in the France of Louis XI in the fifteenth century. He knows little and understands less, but Scott represents his ignorance and naivete as useful to 'the most sagacious prince in Europe' who needs servants motivated solely by the desire for coin and credit and lacking any interest in Francewhich would interfere with the execution of his political aims.In Quentin Durward Scott studies the first modern state in the process of destroying the European feudal system.By far the most important of Scott's sources for Quentin Durward is the splendid Memoirs of Philippe de Comines. Comines, who has more than a walk-on role in the novel itself, was trustedcouncillor of Charles the Bold of Burgundy until 1472, when Louis XI persuaded him to enter his service. Scott's contrasting portraits of Louis and Charles, crafty king and fiery duke, essentially derives from Comines, whose memoirs are generally regarded as the first example of modern analyticalhistory rather than chronicle. But it is as story that Quentin Durward succeeds, and it is one of Scott's most absorbing tales.

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