The White Doe of Rylstone

William WORDSWORTH (1770 - 1850)

A narrative poem in seven cantos, set during the Northern Rebellion of 1569. A group of Catholic nobleman from the North of England attempt to unseat Queen Elizabeth I and replace her with Mary, Queen of Scots. They are soon routed and Elizabeth's forces exact their revenge on the people of the Yorkshire Dales. Inspired by a visit to Bolton Abbey, Wordsworth's poem details the sad fate of one Catholic family whose patriarch decides to lend support to the rebellion. Although it is not among his most popular poems, Wordsworth himself considered The White Doe of Rylstone to be one of his finest. - Summary by Phil Benson

Genre(s): Narratives

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Front Matter Phil Benson
00:06:33
Play 01 Canto First Phil Benson
00:15:15
Play 02 Canto Second Phil Benson
00:12:42
Play 03 Canto Third Phil Benson
00:15:45
Play 04 Canto Fourth Phil Benson
00:10:53
Play 05 Canto Fifth Phil Benson
00:10:47
Play 06 Canto Sixth Phil Benson
00:08:46
Play 07 Canto Seventh Phil Benson
00:17:34
Play 08 The Force of Prayer Phil Benson
00:03:14
Play 09 Notes Phil Benson
00:30:11