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The Lay of the Last Minstrel - Sir Walter Scott, by Rupert Ferguson

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The Lay of the Last Minstrel - Sir Walter Scott, by Rupert Ferguson
"Fascinating stuff..." Sir Melvyn Bragg
"What I most appreciated was your wide-ranging (and as far as I know) original approach which certainly throws new light on the subject..." James Reed, Former Head of Humanities, Bingley College, Yorks
"Your knowledge and research are so extensive that I found it quite overwhelming, it is wonderful that your scholarship is keeping all this history alive...." Anne Dana, Co-Editor, "Snapshot" magazine
"...fascinating material...I will certainly bear it in mind when researching future series...." Lucy Lunt, B.B.C. Lifestyle and Features
"Thank you for sending....'The Lay of the Last Minstrel'....I feel confident that it will do well....It seems we share similar legacies though from very different backgrounds, yours from what we would have called 'the gentry', and mine unmistakably from the peasantry. It is a most interesting comparison...." Bob Copper, writer, broadcaster and traditional folk singer
Examines Sir Walter Scott's lifelong obsession for the ballads of his native Scottish Borderlands. The book looks not only at Scott's editing and publication of his 'Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border' - a valuable source for musicians and folklorists alike, but also his own composition of songs and ballads. The ballads themselves are examined in proper historical perspective, and their origins traced back in some cases to the same ancient bardic sources from whence medieval minstrels derived their own inspiration. In addition to collecting the ballads themselves, Scott went to considerable effort to investigate much of the folklore surrounding them; as well as researching the legendary transitions of the areas where the ballads were originally composed. This shows that Scott was as much concerned with preserving the essence of the oral culture of which these ballads were a part, as he was with preserving the ballads themselves, portraying him as the true successor to the minstrel tradition, which can be traced right back to the magician Merlin and the Dark Age poets of the Arthurian period. We can thus recognise Scott for what he truly was; the last of the true bards. ISBN 186163 1189
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