Marmion: A Tale of Flodden Field

Sir Walter SCOTT (1771 - 1832)

Marmion is an epic poem in six cantos, written in emulation of the ancient Scottish minstrel style which was of such great interest to Scott. Unlike its predecessor, The Lay of the Last Minstrel, this one contains "introductions" to each canto, in the guise of poetic letters which serve the purpose of linking the ancient historical setting with Scott's contemporaneous society - a device which attracted some criticism.

The story of Lord Marmion and his arch-enemy Harold de Wilton is told with Scott's familiar swirling dark flair, combining a complex tale of intrigue, inconstancy and deception with the historical details of the Battle of Flodden Field, in which the English forces routed those of Scotland, killing the Scottish king. - Summary by Peter Tucker

Genre(s): Ballads

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Introductory material by author Peter Tucker
00:02:21
Play 01 Introduction to Canto First Peter Tucker
00:14:11
Play 02 Canto First Peter Tucker
00:23:02
Play 03 Introduction to Canto Second Peter Tucker
00:11:23
Play 04 Canto Second Peter Tucker
00:26:20
Play 05 Introduction to Canto Third Peter Tucker
00:10:12
Play 06 Canto Third Peter Tucker
00:25:35
Play 07 Introduction to Canto Fourth Peter Tucker
00:09:11
Play 08 Canto Fourth Peter Tucker
00:28:22
Play 09 Introduction to Canto Fifth Peter Tucker
00:07:53
Play 10 Canto Fifth Peter Tucker
00:40:39
Play 11 Introduction to Canto Sixth Peter Tucker
00:09:37
Play 12 Canto Sixth Peter Tucker
00:48:16