Walter Scott's phenomenally popular novels and poems created an image of Scotland as a land of sublime scenery and heroic chivalry. Why is it Scott's version rather than any of the many other nineteenth-century literary representations of Scotland that has endured in the popular imagination? This lecture will explain why Scott's romanticised representations of Scotland were such a hit, and how his enduring legacy has helped or hindered Scotland as it seeks to define its place in Britain today.
The transcript and downloadable versions of the lecture are available from the Gresham College website: https://www.gresham.ac.uk/lectures-and-events/did-sir-walter-scott-invent-scotland
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