“For either end of life is home; both source, and issue, being God.” – Lorna Doone
This tale of forbidden romance on the wild, rugged moors is sure to please any Jane Eyre fan. But with guns, outlaws, highway robberies and horse-riding men of brawn you might want to pass this English western onto a male in your life once you’re finished with it (or vice versa). (And somebody ought to tell John Eldredge and co. about this one.)
Set in the English countryside in the 1680’s during Monmouth’s rebellion, an attempt to overthrow the new Catholic king James II, Lorna Doone is actually a historical novel. John Ridd, a young farmer renowned for his robust physique, recounts his romance with the daughter of his family’s enemy and the tragic events that climax the novel in sorrow and joy at once. Blackmore’s authentic Christian treatment of adventure, romance, religion, politics and nature combine to make Lorna Doone one of the great reads of the Victorian era.
Analyses for further reading:
Part I: Pure at Heart: Masculinity and Godliness in “Lorna Doone”
Part II: The Male Gaze: Masculinity and Godliness in “Lorna Doone”
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I recently came across your blog while searching for Christian perspectives on classic literature – something of which I think our culture is lacking! Thank you for endeavouring to reignite a passion for these works of art, as well as bringing to the reader’s attention the deeper truths found within the prose and poetry of the Victorian era. I was especially intrigued by your introduction to the book Lorna Doone by R. D. Blackmore, and consequently read it and greatly enjoyed the adventure. Your analysis of some of the deeper themes helped me to appreciate it even more! Thank you for introducing me to this wonderful historical tale! I look forward to reading more of your posts!
Thank you! It is so great to encounter others who also not only appreciate classics but genuinely enjoy reading them.
I will be reviewing another Blackmore novel in February. If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to my email list on the left. Have a great day!
I look forward to it! Hope you have a great day as well!
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