Whitefriars, or, The court of Charles II
Popish Plot, Rye House Plot, Restoration London Alsatia, the thieves' paradise; Titus Gates, Col. Blood, Shaftesbury, Buckingham, Charles II and Claude Duval.
A glowing tableau of the Great Fire gives the keynote to this long descriptive romance, in which every outstanding person and event of the period has a due place.
It is almost inexplicable why some novels that have all the elements of popularity, quite apart from their strictly literary merits, should drop suddenly and completely out of knowledge. " Whitefriars " is a story that for sheer melodramatic power, for sustained brilliance, and inexhaustible flow of sensation, has few superiors except among the greatest romances; a story that took the public by storm when it appeared in 1844 and was instantly dramatised; but is now forgotten, save by elderly people who remember it as one of their early favourites.
" Whitefriars "is a real living book, as much as a historical romance can be alive; not, indeed, by any power of character development, but by the energy with which the characters of the story live and act. And it belongs to a class of fiction that is by no means out of fashion at the present day, for it was a product of the times when Harrison Ainsworth and Bulwer Lytton, Ct. p. R. James, and many other industrious but now forgotten writers were rivalling the fecundity of Scott, and when a rival v( theirs, Alexandre Dumas, was writing historical romance on a scale and at a rate of speed that Scott never dreamed of.
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Author: Emma Robinson
Publication date 1904
Company: London, G. Routledge
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