My rating: 4 of 5 stars
From BBC Radio 4 – Classical Serial:
A beautiful glover’s daughter is romantically pursued by a warmongering blacksmith, a poetising prince, a hot-headed clansman and a bumbling bonnet-maker in lawless 14th century Scotland.
In Walter Scott’s The Fair Maid of Perth, feeble King Robert III is failing to stop his beloved country being torn apart by warring clans and pillaging nobles – chaos reigns supreme. When our heroine, Catharine Glover, suffers heartbreak and tragedy at the hands of the vengeful Earl of March, a terrible dilemma presents itself.
Should she follow the dictates of her heart by marrying the man she loves – or should she obey her father’s wish and shun a world of ‘hard iron and barbaric cruelties’ by betrothing herself to Christ?
Free download available at Project Gutenberg
Illustration of Catharine and Ramorny from 1872 edition
A bronze statue of a seated Fair Maid in Perth’s High Street
According to Wikipedia, this book has some Historical inaccuracies.
Two silent films were made based on this book.
An interesting source of information of this book can be found at the Walter Scott Digital Archive.