Walter Scott: The Lady of the Lake

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Walter Scott’s third narrative poem, The Lady of the Lake, was published on 8th May 1810. The plot is geographically and culturally located on the Highland/Lowland border around Loch Katrine, the Trossachs and the Western Highlands of Perthshire, and in Stirling. Since the story involves James V of Scotland (1512-42) as a young adult, subsequent to his visits to France, the action is set in the mid or late 1530s. The Lady of the Lake therefore can be considered in some ways a sequel to Scott’s previous historical narrative poem Marmion (1808), which concluded with the Battle of Flodden (1513) at which James IV died. Scott had expressed his intention to work with a Highland setting at l…

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Oliver, Susan. "The Lady of the Lake". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 August 2005
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