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The Saxon Saint

By Robert Kemp


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A national drama in blank verse originally written, like The King of Scots, Robert Kemp's play about Robert the Bruce, for performance in the Nave of Dunfermline Abbey, where it was first performed during the 1949 Edinburgh Festival. It tells the story of Margaret, the English wife of Malcolm Canmore, who is commemorated today by the towns of North and South Queensferry on the Forth and St. Margaret's Chapel, the oldest building within the walls of Edinburgh Castle. Vivid characters and the sweep and colour of a pageant


make this life of Margaret, from the time of her family's flight from England to escape William the Conqueror to her death on the day Malcolm was killed in battle, an important introduction to the story of one of Scotland's best- loved queens.