The Lay of the Last Minstrel


Read by Peter Tucker

(4.7 stars; 10 reviews)

An aging minstrel seeks who hospitality at Newark Castle and in recompense tells a tale of a sixteenth-century Border feud. In the poem, Lady Margaret Scott of Buccleuch, the "Flower of Teviot" is beloved by Baron Henry of Cranstown an ally of the Ker Clan, but a deadly feud exists between the two border clans of Scott and Carr/Ker, which has resulted in the recent murder of Lady Margaret's father, Sir Walter Scott of Buccleuch by the Kers on the High Street in Edinburgh. Maragaret's widowed mother – Lady Janet – hates the Ker clan as a result, and is adamant in refusing her consent to any suggestion of marriage between the lovers. Summary by Wikipedia (2 hr 53 min)

Chapters

Introduction by Author, 1831 27:42 Read by Peter Tucker
Inscription and foreword 2:08 Read by Peter Tucker
Canto I 21:33 Read by Peter Tucker
Canto II 21:51 Read by Peter Tucker
Canto III 20:26 Read by Peter Tucker
Canto IV 28:19 Read by Peter Tucker
Canto V 23:38 Read by Peter Tucker
Canto VI 27:49 Read by Peter Tucker

Reviews

AND LOVE IS STILL THE LORD OF ALL

(4.5 stars)

No writer of heroic verse does a better job than Scott. This work, perhaps owing to its relative brevity, is easier to follow than some. I thoroughly enjoyed this poem. Tucker provided a very even narration; good job, thank you.

(5 stars)

Excellent narration of an old favourite.