"The whole idea is like something from Sir Walter Scott"

 Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) was a hugely popular nineteenth century Scottish writer. His historical novels were widely read in Britain, the United States and (in translation) throughout Europe. His most famous works include Ivanhoe and Rob Roy. Scott's novels are long and heavily plotted, and are no longer as well read as they were during his lifetime. A large Gothic monument to Scott stands on Princes Street in Edinburgh, the city in which he was born.