Scott’s magnificent novel recreates the drama, assurance and profound unease of the Age of Elizabeth through the story of Amy Robsart.‘No historian’s Queen Elizabeth was ever so perfectly a woman as the fictional Elizabeth of Kenilworth,’ - Thomas Hardy.
A woman of great beauty and integrity, Amy is married to the Earl of Leicester, one of the Queen’s favourites, who must keep Amy confined to Cumnor-Place and the marriage a secret, or incur royal displeasure.
Rich in character, melodrama and romance, Kenilworth (1821) is rivalled only by the great Elizabethan dramas. This Penguin Classics edition is based on the acclaimed Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels.
‘The single Shakespearean talent of the English novel.’ - V. S. Pritchett