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‘A Good One though Rather for the Foreign Market’: Walter Scott, Lord Byron, and the Romantic Mercenary

Simpson Erik

in Mercenaries in British and American Literature, 1790-1830

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780748636440
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651603 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636440.003.0003
‘A Good One though Rather for the Foreign Market’: Walter Scott, Lord Byron, and the Romantic Mercenary

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This chapter discusses Walter Scott and Lord Byron, who use Quentin Durward and Don Juan to visualize a type of patriotic autonomy that is available to soldiers in the company of mercenaries. These two heroes find ways to separate themselves from their mercenary comrades, and their stories somehow highlight Scott and Byron's opposed views of the value of local and national attachments. The chapter also explains how Durward and Don Juan strengthen their own political models with their personal presentations of love and marriage.

Keywords: patriotic autonomy; Walter Scott; Lord Byron; Quentin Durward; Don Juan; political models; romantic mercenary

Chapter.  16005 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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