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Rookwood

William Harrison Ainsworth (1805-1882)

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1. 01 – Chapter 00 – Memoir
2. 02 – Chapter 00 – To My Mother & Pr
3. 03 – Chapter 01 – The Vault
4. 04 – Chapter 02 – The Skeleton Hand
5. 05 – Chapter 03 – The Park
6. 06 – Chapter 04 – The Hall
7. 07 – Chapter 05 – Sir Reginald Rookwood
8. 08 – Chapter 06 – Sir Piers Rookwood
9. 09 – Chapter 07 – The Return
10. 10 – Chapter 08 – An Irish Adventurer
11. 11 – Chapter 09 – An English Adventurer
12. 12 – Chapter 10 – Ranulph Rookwood
13. 13 – Chapter 11 – Lady Rookwood
14. 14 – Chapter 12 – The Chamber of Death
15. 15 – Chapter 13 – The Brothers
16. 16 – Chapter 01 – The Storm
17. 17 – Chapter 02 – The Funeral Oration
18. 18 – Chapter 03 – The Churchyard
19. 19 – Chapter 04 – The Funeral
20. 20 – Chapter 05 – The Captive
21. 21 – Chapter 06 – The Apparition
22. 22 – Chapter 01 – A Morning Ride
23. 23 – Chapter 02 – A Gipsy Encampment
24. 24 – Chapter 03 – Sybil
25. 25 – Chapter 04 – Barbara Lovel
26. 26 – Chapter 05 – The Inauguration
27. 27 – Chapter 06 – Eleanor Mowbray
28. 28 – Chapter 07 – Mrs Mowbray
29. 29 – Chapter 08 – The Parting
30. 30 – Chapter 09 – The Philter
31. 31 – Chapter 10 – St. Cyprian’s Cell
32. 32 – Chapter 11 – The Bridal
33. 33 – Chapter 12 – Alan Rookwood
34. 34 – Chapter 13 – Mr Coates
35. 35 – Chapter 14 – Dick Turpin
36. 36 – Chapter 01 – The Rendezvous at Kilburn
37. 37 – Chapter 02 – Tom King
38. 38 – Chapter 03 – A Surprise
39. 39 – Chapter 04 – The Hue and Cry
40. 40 – Chapter 05 – The Short Pipe
41. 41 – Chapter 06 – Black Bess
42. 42 – Chapter 07 – The York Stage
43. 43 – Chapter 08 – Roadside Inn
44. 44 – Chapter 09 – Excitement
45. 45 – Chapter 10 – The Gibbet
46. 46 – Chapter 11 – The Phantom Steed
47. 47 – Chapter 12 – Cawood Ferry
48. 48 – Chapter 01 – The Hut on Thorne Waste
49. 49 – Chapter 02 – Major Mowbray
50. 50 – Chapter 03 – Handassah
51. 51 – Chapter 04 – The Dower of Sybil
52. 52 – Chapter 05 – The Sarcophagus
53. 53 – L’envoy

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Summary

A rich and complex Gothic-Romance centring on the murky deeds of an ancient family. It is a wonderfully atmospheric piece that combines narrative, poetry, song, and descriptive writing to great effect. The character of Dick Turpin that we know today – the dashing highwaymen and unmatched horseman – can be said to stem directly from this novel, as the most famous part of the book (often published on its own in the past), Turpin’s Ride To York, is devoted to him. Although seemingly little known to a modern audience, Ainsworth’s ‘Rookwood’ gave the world the image of the highwayman with which we are all so familiar.

Reviews

scott

- Rookwood

Very well read and interesting, if not slightly tangled, book