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Scott, Sir Walter: The Abbot. V1. 4 Jan 2009

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet (15 August 1771 – 21 September 1832) was a prolific Scottish historical novelist and poet popular throughout Europe during his time.
In some ways Scott was the first English-language author to have a truly international career in his lifetime, with many contemporary readers all over Europe, Australia, and North America. His novels and poetry are still read, and many of his works remain classics of both English-language literature and of Scottish literature. Famous titles include Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, The Lady of The Lake, Waverley, The Heart of Midlothian and The Bride of Lammermoor.

The Abbot (1820) is a historical novel by Sir Walter Scott. Along with The Monastery, it is one of Scott's Tales from Benedictine Sources and is set in the time of Mary Queen of Scots and the Elizabethan era of the Kingdom of England. The story follows the fortunes of certain characters Scott introduced in The Monastery, but it it also introduces new characters, especially Roland Graeme.
It is concerned mainly with Mary Queen of Scots imprisonment at Loch Leven Castle, her escape and defeat.
Parallel to this is the romance of Roland Graeme, a dim-witted but spirited youth. He is brought up at the castle of Avenel by Mary Avenel and her husband, Halbert Glendinning. Roland is sent by the Regent Murray to be page to Mary Stuart with directions to guard her. He falls in love with Catherine Seyton who is one of the ladies in waiting to the queen. He is found later to be the heir to Avenel. Edward Glendinning, the brother of Halbert, is the abbot of the title, the last abbot of the monastery described in the preceding novel.
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