The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne  

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The Birth of Venus (detail), a 1486 painting by Sandro Botticelli
The Birth of Venus (detail), a 1486 painting by Sandro Botticelli

The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne was the first book written by Ann Radcliffe. Subtitled 'A Highland Story', it was first published by in London by Thomas Hookham in 1789 and is still in print.

It is a set in a powerful landscape which became familiar in her later work, with complex clan feuds and mysterious romantic intrigues played out against a backdrop of ruined medieval castles and rugged Scottish coastlines. Although the passions of its protagonists, particularly low born Alleyn's love for Mary Osbert, dominate the plot, the castles of the title are as central to the narrative, establishing an enduring Gothic trope.

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