Walter Scott

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Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) was a Scottish novelist and poet who is most famous for writing Ivanhoe (1820), a novel about a complicated romance in twelfth-century England. Scott is the father of both the regional and historical novels.

It was Scott who wrote, "what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive!"[1]

Scott was also highly influential in the resurgence of Scottish nationalism, which had been suppressed since the Jacobite rising of 1745, and had a major part in the fabrication of the romantic image of the tartan-kilted Scotsman which we still have today.


  1. Scott's poem entitled Marmion (1808).

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