Robert Dudley, the first Earl of Leicester, is happy with his wife, Amy Robsart, but will not let her tell anyone that they are married. Even though they both love each other, Robert values power and popularity much more than he values his wife. After secluding Amy in a house called Cumnor Hall with the help of his henchman, Varney, Robert entertains the idea of marrying Queen Elizabeth I. Fueled by desire for the power of the throne, Robert hides his wife and tries to seduce the queen, who had already taken a liking to the man. When Amy encounters an ex-lover, Tressilian, he tells her of Robert’s plan. At first unwilling to believe her husband could be so deceitful, Amy refuses Tressilian’s offer to take her away from Cumnor Hall. Overcome with compassion for Amy, Tressilian seeks out her father for help, hoping to help her get away from Robert and foil his plan. However, tensions rise at Kenilworth castle during the queen’s reception when Amy attempts to escape Cumnor Hall to warn Queen Elizabeth and tell her the truth about Robert. Featuring sensual politics, plot twists, and murder, Sir Walter Scott’s Kenilworth is a memorizing tale of love and deception. Written with vivid descriptions and beautiful prose, Kenilworth is part of Sir Walter Scott’s beloved Waverley series. With themes of selfishness, love, and ambition, Kenilworth is relatable and emotional. Through the depiction of prominent historical figures and landmarks, Sir Walter Scott shares rich English history with modern audiences. Kenilworth has inspired both plays and novels, and has been adapted for theater and television. This edition of Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott now features a new, eye-catching cover design and is printed in a font that is both modern and readable. With these accommodations, this edition of Kenilworth crafts an accessible and pleasant reading experience for modern audiences while restoring the original mastery and drama of Sir Walter Scott’s literature.
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