Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Happy birthday, Sir Walter Scott
It is the birthday of Scottish writer Sir Walter Scott (1771), who is considered one of the greatest historical novelists ever. He was immensely popular in his lifetime, enjoying a following that stretched throughout Great Britain to Europe, Australia, and the United States. He wrote historical novels, poetry, and plays. Among his best known works are Ivanhoe, Waverley, Rob Roy, and The Lady of the Lake. Scott built Abbotsford with the proceeds from his writing. The vast estate inspired Queen Victoria when she had Balmoral built. Here is a video about Abbotsford.