Rookwood

Historical Novel

At a manor called Rookwood Place, there existed a legend claiming that a death would follow after a branch of an ancient tree would break. After a branch does fall from the tree, Piers Rookwood, the owner, dies. It is revealed to Luke Bradley that he was the son, and thus heir, of Piers Rookwood along with the fact that Piers Rookwood murdered Bradley's mother. At the same time, Rookwood's wife, Maud Rookwood, puts forth her own schemes to ensure that her son, Ranulph Rookwood, is able to claim the inheritance for himself. In the heap of schemes, treasons and love triangles shows up Dick Turpin, a highwayman and thief, who is introduced at the manor under the pseudonym Palmer. While... alles anzeigen expand_more
At a manor called Rookwood Place, there existed a legend claiming that a death would follow after a branch of an ancient tree would break. After a branch does fall from the tree, Piers Rookwood, the owner, dies. It is revealed to Luke Bradley that he was the son, and thus heir, of Piers Rookwood along with the fact that Piers Rookwood murdered Bradley's mother. At the same time, Rookwood's wife, Maud Rookwood, puts forth her own schemes to ensure that her son, Ranulph Rookwood, is able to claim the inheritance for himself. In the heap of schemes, treasons and love triangles shows up Dick Turpin, a highwayman and thief, who is introduced at the manor under the pseudonym Palmer. While there, he makes a bet with one of the guests that he could capture the old Rookwood inheritance for himself.



William Harrison Ainsworth (1805-1882), a rival and a friend of Charles Dickens, was an English historical novelist born in Manchester. While completing his legal studies in London he became familiar with literary and dramatic circles of London scene. Ainsworth briefly tried the publishing business, but soon gave it up and devoted himself to journalism and literature. His first success as a writer came with novel Rookwood. Ainsworth wrote several Lancashire novels which cover altogether 400 years. Jack Sheppard, Guy Fawkes, Old St Paul's, Rookwood, and The Lancashire Witches are regarded as his most successful novels. weniger anzeigen expand_less
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