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The Talisman

Sir Walter Scott

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The Talisman is a gripping tale set near the end of the Third Crusade. King Richard the Lionheart is grievously ill, and all around him the leaders from allied countries plot and scheme to gain personal power, putting the future of the crusade in jeopardy. Sir Kenneth of Scotland finds himself caught up in events, and finds both his honor and his life are now on the line. Can a cure be found for the King? Can Kenneth redeem his honor?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ssed on her that she herself must venture, were it but the point of her fairy foot, beyond the prescribed boundary, if she ever hoped to give a lover so reserved and bashful an opportunity of so slight a favour as but to salute her shoe-tie. There was an example—the noted precedent of the "King's daughter of Hungary," who thus generously encouraged the "squire of low degree;" and Edith, though of kingly blood, was no king's daughter, any more than her lover was of low degree—fortune had put no such extreme barrier in obstacle to their affections. Something, however, within the maiden's bosom—that modest pride which throws fetters even on love itself forbade her, notwithstanding the superiority of her condition, to make those advances, which, in every case, delicacy assigns to the other sex; above all, Sir Kenneth was a knight so gentle and honourable, so highly accomplished, as her imagination at least suggested, together with the strictest feelings of w. . . Read More

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Sir Walter Scott's second Crusades novel, The Talisman (1825), is an absorbing and humorous book set in the holy land during the 3rd Crusade. The Crusaders are not unlike the invading and besieging Greeks in The Iliad: formidable fighters riven by the mutual pride, suspicion, envy, and hatred of...more

As with 'Ivanhoe','The Talisman' is a humorous, exciting, romantic adventure that deals with the Crusades, the Church, ambitious Europeans lords of Christendom, and Richard the Lionheart. This book, however, takes place in the Holy Land during the Third Crusade and contrary to expectations contai...more

En realidad 4'5.
Genial. Me ha parecido que esta novela está muy bien ambientada (el estudio histórico previo es perfecto). A mi me ha encantado, y eso que las Cruzadas no son mi época preferida precisamente,...
En la mayoría de la novela hay varios elementos de sorpresa, que no espera el lector. S...more

Sir Walter Scott writes wonderfully enjoyable historical fiction. He first ventured into this realm in 1814 with the novel, Waverley which was published anonymously as Scott's first venture into prose fiction and possibly the first-ever historical novel. His subsequent novels came to be called Wa...more

The Talisman wins my respect for its sympathetic portrayal of a Muslim--rare for 1825--and it wins my affection not only for its memorable characterizations of Lionheart and Saladin, but also for its vivid descriptions of Crusader and Saracen dress and pageantry. The style is verbose, the dialogu...more

Sir Walter Scott was a much-loved author of the 19th century: he wrote great tales of adventure, as appealing now as they were then, but today we read them with a keen awareness of the British sense of entitlement which guides Scott’s characters’ actions.

The Talisman is a tale of the Crusades, se...more

The Talisman (Tales of the Crusaders #2), (1825), Sir Walter Scott
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سوم ماه سپتامبر سال 1971 میلادی
عنوان: طلسم ؛ نویسنده: والتر اسکات؛ مترجم: حسین دره باغی؛ تهران، بنگاه ترجمه و نشر کتاب، 1340؛ در 345 ص؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان انگلیسی قرن 19 م
در سپاه صلیبیون مستقر در سرزمین...more

A lone knight heavily armed, covered with armor travels through the hot, arid desert to reach the Dead Sea, equally without life on horseback, he looks at the empty surface, the small waves, a peculiar odor that omits from it, the strange color unlike any other lake, the salt contents so thick th...more

From BBC Radio 4 - Drama:
The Talisman is the finale of Scott's novels set during the crusades but this one features the dying dog days of the Third Crusade. Richard the Lionheart is de facto leader but the military expedition has ground to a halt and the allies are getting itchy feet. They are si...more

I have to admit that the overwhelming feeling I am left with after finishing this book is one of amusement. It's a story largely of man's folly in believing that honour is the most important thing to consider - to the point that King Richard very nearly kills our hero just because someone stole a...more

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