How all this happened King James has told us himself in a book called The King's Quair
, which means the King's little book, which he wrote while he was still a prisoner in England.
For tradition seems correct in naming this monarch as the author of a pretty poem, 'The King's Quair
' ('The King's Quire,' that is Book), which relates in a medieval dream allegory of fourteen hundred lines how the captive author sees and falls in love with a lady whom in the end Fortune promises to bestow upon him.
11 SUNSET SONG BY LEWIS GRASSIC GIBBON THE first novel in the Scots Quair
trilogy tells the story of Chris Guthrie, a young woman struggling against the hardships of farming life and family dysfunction in a time of change.
Grassic Gibbon was most famous for his A Scots Quair
trilogy of Sunset Song, Cloud Howe and Grey Granite, all set in the north-east in the early 1900s.
Though young Ewan would come to pursue those ends in Grey Granite (1934), the models of historical consciousness that gather around this song in Sunset Song are outstripped by history in the latter two volumes of A Scots Quair
Bartlett Giamatti, Exile and Change in Renaissance Literature (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1984); Julia Boffey, 'Chaucerian Prisoners: The Context of The Kingis Quair
, in Chaucer and Fifteenth Century Poetry, ed.
Such employment is evidenced throughout James I's much earlier Kingis Quair
, but is absent from the writing of Dunbar--save the imperative in the 'Gladethe thoue queyne' poem.
Kunesh, Banishment as Cultural Justice in Contemporary Tribal Legal Systems: A Postscript on Quair
James I of Scotland, for instance, found inspiration in The Consolation of Philosophy when he produced his long poem, "The Kingis Quair
." James may have written the poem shortly after his release from English imprisonment in 1423, and the text is intimately connected to James's experience in prison.
Sunset Song, written in 1932 and the first in Aberdeenshire–born Grassic Gibbon's A Scots Quair
trilogy, tells the story of Chris Guthrie, played by Deyn.
In auditioning for the post of minister at Monimaskit, Gideon takes a page from A Scots Quair
(in which standing stones also figure prominently); he also sees himself as a latter day version of Raeburn's Skating Minister, and as a character in a film, a fairy tale and Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress (perhaps having in mind Scott's remark to Washington Irving in the latter's Abbotsford).