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Mystery of the Black Tower

Mystery of the Black Tower Set in the violent times of Edward III when England is at war against the Scots and the French The Mystery of the Black Tower is the story of young Leonard who longs to escape the anonymity of his

  • Title: Mystery of the Black Tower
  • Author: John Palmer
  • ISBN: 9780976604815
  • Page: 264
  • Format: Paperback
  • Set in the violent times of Edward III, when England is at war against the Scots and the French, The Mystery of the Black Tower is the story of young Leonard, who longs to escape the anonymity of his peasant s life Seeking to win fame and renown, Leonard enlists in England s army, where he earns knighthood and the favour of the King But when his true love, the beauteoSet in the violent times of Edward III, when England is at war against the Scots and the French, The Mystery of the Black Tower is the story of young Leonard, who longs to escape the anonymity of his peasant s life Seeking to win fame and renown, Leonard enlists in England s army, where he earns knighthood and the favour of the King But when his true love, the beauteous Emma, is kidnapped and imprisoned in the haunted Black Tower, Leonard must save her Aided by his loyal but cowardly squire Owen, Leonard will face a series of adventures along the way Finally, he will have to face an old nemesis in a duel to the death and escape a troop of robbers before he can rescue Emma and learn the secret of his own birth Influenced by Don Quixote and Clara Reeve s The Old English Baron, The Mystery of the Black Tower was popular with the Gothic reading public upon its release in 1796 Critically acclaimed in its own time, and influential on later writers such as Scott and Ainsworth, it ranks among the finest historical Gothic novels This edition includes a new introduction for modern readers, as well as the text of contemporary reviews.

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    1. Yawn. The introduction is quite correct when it points out the flaws inherent in this little novel -- flat characters, disjointed narrative, endless digression -- but it also (grossly) overestimates the charms. It's really, REALLY boring & the meandering story is nearly impossible to follow as it leaps around without warning. I've met many enjoyable gothics and/or sensation novels that have been resurrected by publishers like Valancourt & Zittaw, or even Oxford & Broadview; unfortuna [...]

    2. A well-done gothic novel. Though it turns out nothing supernatural actually happens, we have noble children secretly hidden away in peasant families, locked away damsels in distress, brave knights, complete and utter bastard knights, cowardly squires, and several crumbling-their-splendor-was-awesome-in-the-distant-past-but-has-now-faded castles. My main gripe with the novel is the overuse of background information to set the time and place of the story. The pages and pages of historical recitati [...]

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