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Kenilworth (Annotated) Walter Scott

Kenilworth (Annotated)

Walter Scott

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- With Biography of Sir Walter Scott, author of Ivanhoe- With Story of Kenilworth CastleKenilworth is apparently set in 1575, and centers on the secret marriage of Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, and Amy Robsart, daughter of Sir Hugh Robsart.More- With Biography of Sir Walter Scott, author of Ivanhoe- With Story of Kenilworth CastleKenilworth is apparently set in 1575, and centers on the secret marriage of Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, and Amy Robsart, daughter of Sir Hugh Robsart. The tragic series of events begins when Amy flees her father and her betrothed, Tressilian, to marry the Earl. Amy passionately loves her husband, and the Earl loves her in return, but he is driven by ambition. He is courting the favour of Queen Elizabeth I, and only by keeping his marriage to Amy secret can he hope to rise to the height of power that he desires. At the end of the book, the queen finally discovers the truth, to the shame of the Earl. But the disclosure has come too late, for Amy has been murdered by the Earls even more ambitious steward, Varney.Much of the novel gives a fair depiction of the Elizabethan court, although the circumstances of Amy Robsarts death from a fall are greatly altered, and also many other events are a product of Scotts imagination. The death of Amy Robsart had been the subject of speculation for more than 200 years, and in 1810 Cumnor Place was pulled down, it was said, solely in order to lay her ghost to rest.The reception at Kenilworth which provides the backdrop to the novel took place in 1575, and frequent references to how many years have passed since other events such as the Queens accession, the deposition of Mary, Queen of Scots, and so forth, indicate that the novel is set in that year—but Amy Robsart died on 8 September 1560. Leicesters first marriage was not, in fact, a closely guarded secret- it was his secret marriage in September 1578 to Lettice Knollys (with whom he had flirted in 1565) that caused the Queens anger in 1579