The White Doe of Rylstone


Read by Phil Benson

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 (2 hr 11 min)

Chapters

Front Matter 6:33 Read by Phil Benson
Canto First 15:15 Read by Phil Benson
Canto Second 12:42 Read by Phil Benson
Canto Third 15:45 Read by Phil Benson
Canto Fourth 10:53 Read by Phil Benson
Canto Fifth 10:47 Read by Phil Benson
Canto Sixth 8:46 Read by Phil Benson
Canto Seventh 17:34 Read by Phil Benson
The Force of Prayer 3:14 Read by Phil Benson
Notes 30:11 Read by Phil Benson