You and I an Amyas, Amyas and you and I To the green wood must we go, alas! You and I, my lyf, and Amyas. William Cornish
It was my father's intention to dedicate this book to Mr and Mrs Santo of Lantyan F.F.Q.-C.
Castle Dor is a double find for me. (Introduction to this Edition)
Many years ago, in the early 1840s, on an October night very clear and lustrous, a certain Doctor Carfax stood entry with a field-telescope upon the earthwork of Castle Dor in Cornwall. (Prologue)
A local poet - a native of Troy who died young - left an imperfect poem in manuscript. (Epilogue)
This immensely complex but extremely readable novel is a splendid story of love and loss with fascinating links to two widely separated centuries by two very different, but very skilful writers. (Introduction to this Edition)
And he himself, an old man near his time, uttered eternal thanks for that redemption that had swept him like a tide some years before, when the hapless Amyot laughed at the wound that killed him, and the dying Linnet stirred in her sleep and smiled. (Epilogue)
Both a spellbinding love story and a superb evocation of Cornwall's mythic past, Castle Dor is a book with unique and fascinating origins.
It began life as the unfinished last novel of Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, the celebrated 'Q', and was passed by his daughter to Daphne du Maurier, whose storytelling skills were perfectly suited to the task of completing the old master's tale.
The result is this magical, compelling recreation of the legend of Tristan and Iseult, transplanted in time to the Cornwall of the last century. A chance encounter between a Breton onion seller, Amyot Trestane, and the newly-wed Linnet Lewarne launches their tragic story, taking them in the fateful footsteps of the doomed lovers of Cornish legend.
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Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch was born in Cornwall in 1863, and the county, its history, and its people were to have marked influence on his life and writing. His final, unfinished novel, 'Castle Dor', was completed after his death by another writer with strong Cornish connections, Daphne du Maurier.… (more)