Teaser Tuesday: The Talisman

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme,  hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Basically, open the book you’re currently reading and share a couple of sentences from that page on your blog.   Avoid spoilers of course.

My teaser is from Sir Walter Scott’s The TalismanThe Talisman takes place in the time of the Crusades.  The teaser is farther ahead from where I am, so I am not certain of the complete context.  It appears that Leopold, the Archduke of Austria, has been provoked into demonstrating that he is not ‘under’ the English King Richard.  So he has lifted the Austrian standard next to the English banner in their camp of allied armies.  King Richard has come upon the raised banner.

“Who has dared,” he said, laying his hands upon the Austrian standard, and speaking in a voice like the sound which precedes an earthquake, – “who has dared to place this paltry rag beside the banner of England?”

p. 156


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11 responses to “Teaser Tuesday: The Talisman

  1. I read several Walter Scott novels years ago, but don’t remember if this was one of them. Sounds very exciting. Excellent teaser!
    Here’s mine.

  2. And I bet the resulting scene isn’t pretty, to say the least! Great teaser.

    If you’d like, you can check out mine here.

  3. Powerful! Great teaser!

    My teaser is here.

    Happy reading. 🙂


  4. That’s an interesting teaser, because (if I remember my history correctly!) Richard was taken prisoner by the Austrians on his way home from the Crusades. I always thought it was bad form on the part of the Austrians, but after reading your teaser, I wonder if he deserved it.

    • Interesting! I’m not sure how close Scott is keeping to the historical record but I got the idea from the introduction that he regards Richard as a flawed leader.

  5. Oh oh someone’s in trouble! Ha. Nice teaser. Mine is at The Crowded Leaf.

  6. Not my usual read, but the teaser is good!
    HERE is my teaser for this week!

  7. Uh-oh. Doesn’t look like they’re going to be allies much longer.

  8. oh, interesting teaser. I love historical fiction.

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