The maid of Sker. New ed., with a frontispiece. By: R. D. Blackmore: Blackmore considered The Maid of Sker to be his best novel.The Maid of Sker is set at the end of the 18th century, and the story is told by Davy Llewellyn, an old fisherman.

The maid of Sker. New ed., with a frontispiece. By: R. D. Blackmore: Blackmore considered The Maid of Sker to be his best novel.The Maid of Sker is set at the end of the 18th century, and the story is told by Davy Llewellyn, an old fisherman.

by R. D. Blackmore
The maid of Sker. New ed., with a frontispiece. By: R. D. Blackmore: Blackmore considered The Maid of Sker to be his best novel.The Maid of Sker is set at the end of the 18th century, and the story is told by Davy Llewellyn, an old fisherman.

The maid of Sker. New ed., with a frontispiece. By: R. D. Blackmore: Blackmore considered The Maid of Sker to be his best novel.The Maid of Sker is set at the end of the 18th century, and the story is told by Davy Llewellyn, an old fisherman.

by R. D. Blackmore

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Blackmore considered The Maid of Sker to be his best novel.
Plot:
The Maid of Sker is set at the end of the 18th century, and the story is told by Davy Llewellyn, an old fisherman. The story concerns a two-year-old girl who drifts in a boat onto a beach in Glamorganshire in the calm before a storm. The little girl calls herself Bardie. Llewellyn is tempted to keep the girl, but decides to give her up and keeps the boat for himself. He quarters the pretty child in a simple, but well-to-do, household in his neighbourhood. As she grows up he dotes upon her so far as he can. He watches anxiously over her fortunes, partly or principally because he thinks his own may be bound up with them. It is clear from the refinement of the girl's manners, and from the fineness of her clothes she was washed ashore in, that she is no common child.
Davy joins the crew of a ketch trading between Barnstaple and Porthcawl. Whilst in Devon, he encounters several characters who hold the key to solving the mystery of the maid of Sker. These include Sir Philip Bampfylde who spends most of his time looking for his two grandchildren who have mysteriously disappeared; Parson Chowne, a parson of demoniac wickedness and craft who works his will for many years in the north of Devon, defying God, man, and the law; and Captain Drake Bamfylde who is under suspicion of having made away with the children of his elder brother, and heirs to the family property. Old Davy gradually unravels the mystery and sets matters right, although many distractions delay him including an extended period at sea in which
Blackmore gives a graphic account of the Battle of the Nile.............

Richard Doddridge Blackmore (7 June 1825 - 20 January 1900), known as R. D. Blackmore, was one of the most famous English novelists of the second half of the nineteenth century. He won acclaim for vivid descriptions and personification of the countryside, sharing with Thomas Hardy a Western England background and a strong sense of regional setting in his works.
Blackmore, often referred to as the "Last Victorian", was a pioneer of the movement in fiction that continued with Robert Louis Stevenson and others. He has been described as "proud, shy, reticent, strong-willed, sweet-tempered, and self-centred." Apart from his novel Lorna Doone, which has enjoyed continuing popularity, his work has gone out of print.
Biography:
Richard Doddridge Blackmore was born on 7 June 1825 at Longworth in Berkshire (now Oxfordshire), one year after his elder brother Henry (1824-1875), where his father, John Blackmore, was Curate-in-charge of the parish. His mother died a few months after his birth - the victim of an outbreak of typhus which had occurred in the village. After this loss John Blackmore moved to Bushey, Herts, then to his native Devon, first to Kings Nympton, then Culmstock, Tor Mohun and later to Ashford, in the same county.[2] Richard, however, was taken by his aunt, Mary Frances Knight, and after her marriage to the Rev. Richard Gordon, moved with her to Elsfield rectory, near Oxford. His father married again in 1831, whereupon Richard returned to live with him. Having spent much of his childhood in the lush and pastoral "Doone Country" of Exmoor, and along the Badgworthy Water (where there is now a memorial stone in Blackmore's honour), Blackmore came to love the very countryside he immortalised in Lorna Doone...........


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ISBN-13: 9781975866655
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/28/2017
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.64(d)

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R. D. Blackmore (1825-1900) was one of the most famous English novelists of the second half of the 19th Century. He is often known as the "Last Victorian" and is best known for his third novel Lorna Doone published in 1869. The novel pioneered a new romantic movement in English fiction and remains in print to this day.

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