- Paperback: 832 pages
- Publisher: Frances Lincoln (9 Oct. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0711228914
- ISBN-13: 978-0711228917
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 4.8 x 19.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Fortress (Herries Chronicles) Paperback – 9 Oct 2008
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Fiction in glorious, sweeping measure, set against wild and beautiful scenery and crowded with fairs, balls, weddings, duels, witches, abductions, murder and romance. For those that haven't yet read Hugh Walpole there is a treat in store for you. Surely a welcome Christmas gift? (Keswick Reminder)
Walpole's hamfisted, messy and eccentric attempt at the Great Lakeland Novel still deserves to be read. The episodes - by turns gracelessly ornate and bleakly brilliant - remain strangely enthralling and memorable, their self-indulgence a guilty pleasure for the reader too. In the Herries novels, Walpole confessed, he had allowed himself to be, for the first time in his adult life, "what I really am - a little boy telling stories in the dormitory". (Times Literary Supplement)
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The third volume of The Herries Chronicle, which recounts the dramatic fortunes of one family from the eighteenth to the early twentieth century, in a magnificent Lake District setting. Here is fiction in glorious, sweeping measure, set against wild and beautiful scenery and crowded with fairs, balls, weddings, duels, witches, abductions, murder and romance.
Judith Paris, now middle aged, returns to the Lakes to deal with the bitter feud between two branches of her family. A feud culminating in the construction by onebranch of a huge house known as The Fortress, which will dominate the land of the others. But within this family the children of the two families have important roles to play.
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Judith is the Matriarch of the family, she is as free spirited as her "Rogue" father and gipsy mother, she has a temper you wouldn't want to mess with, but she has a heart of solid gold.
The Fortress is the story of the house built by Walter Herries (one half of the Herries family) who is a bitter enemy of Judith and her beloved uncle Francis and his family. She will fight tooth and nail to ensure they are left in peace. She is fast approaching her 100th birthday but still she fights on!
I love it love it, love it, maybe Hugh Walpole could be considered a little fusty by some of our modern day writters, but by gum, he can write a good story!
It's an entertaining read on its own, but even better if you read books one and two of the chronicles first.
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a favourite of my mams that she had read a long while ago and wanted to reread and keep on her bookshelf. she enjoyed reliving the series and keeping it for future readsPublished 6 months ago by Donna Goodson
An excellent book part of the Herries Chronicles. This is indeed a classicPublished 23 months ago by Mrs. E. Mann
This tome is hard to read at times. But sticking to the task brings its reward. This is an indepth account of life and times of the nineteenth century.Published on 20 Jan. 2014 by Harry Garden
I am re-reading the 4 books that I last enjoyed 30 years ago - and I enjoy it just as much now as the first time roundPublished on 14 Nov. 2013 by J
Good writing by a master story teller, building on Judith Paris and Rogue Herries which were enthralling, especially as we live near Grange and WatendlathPublished on 23 Jun. 2013 by David Metcalfe