Characters Discussed (Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Revised Third Edition)
Sir William of Deloraine
Sir William of Deloraine, a knight who has served the lord of Branksome. When Branksome is killed in a battle against the English, Deloraine remains faithful to the memory of his leader and stays on to serve Lady Buccleuch, Branksome’s widow. Returning from a mission to get a magic book, Deloraine fights Lord Cranstoun, Branksome’s former enemy who is in love with Branksome’s daughter. Deloraine falls wounded. He recovers and lives to see harmony restored between the Scots and the English.
Lady Buccleuch, Lord Branksome’s widow, the daughter of a magician. Spirits tell her that Branksome Castle is doomed unless pride dies and frees love. Lady Buccleuch does not heed the spirits at first. Finally, however, when Deloraine’s life may be lost and when her son may be taken from her, she relents. Her change of heart, shown by the blessing she gives to the love of her daughter Margaret for Lord Cranstoun, the late Lord Branksome’s enemy, brings peace to Branksome Castle and the Scottish border.
Lord Cranstoun, a knight who fought against Lord Branksome but who loves Margaret, Branksome’s daughter. Cranstoun, having wounded Deloraine, makes amends by donning Deloraine’s armor and fighting, as that knight, against an English champion. When he wins, the English forces retire, Lady Buccleuch blesses his suit for Margaret’s...
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