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Monastery by Sir Walter Scott is an intriguing historical novel set in 16th century Scotland during the Protestant Reformation. The story follows a young novice monk, Halbert Glendinning, who discovers a dark secret within the walls of the monastery that threatens to tear apart the peaceful community.

Scott's vivid descriptions of the monastery and its inhabitants draw the reader into the world of religious devotion and political intrigue. The characters are well-developed and each have their own motivations and desires, adding depth to the plot.

The novel explores themes of loyalty, betrayal, and the struggle between faith and reason. Scott expertly weaves together historical events with fictional elements to create a compelling narrative that keeps the reader engaged until the very end.

Overall, Monastery is a captivating read that offers a unique glimpse into life in a medieval monastery. Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this tale of mystery and suspense set against the backdrop of a tumultuous period in Scottish history.

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Dame Elspeth is kept in a tower after the death of her husband. The widow of the Baron of Avenel and her daughter seek safety with Elspeth in her tower. Hearing the baroness's deathbed confession, Father Philip notices her Bible. As he carries it to the Lord Abbot, it is taken from him by a White Lady. A sub-prior investigates this story and finds that the Bible is now back in the owner's hands. Later, Elspeth's son sees the White Lady when he snatches the Bible from a flaming altar. Intrigue follows intrigue. Halbert and Sir Piercie Shafton fight, and Halbert flees, leaving Sir Piercie mortally wounded. Shafton, however, recovers only to be accused of murdering Edward's missing brother. Mysie helps Shafton escape from jail. Edward has vowed to become a monk at the urging of the White Lady. After a battle between English and Scottish soldiers against Sir John's troops, Mysie is declared a suitable wife for Sir Piercie. The monks are allowed to keep their monastery.

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