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Authors:Sir Walter Scott
Info:Scholastic 1959
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Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott (Author) (1819)

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I understand why this is such an important work. However, it is not for me. Struggled through it and am glad to check it off my list, BUT am also glad to know where all of these stories and cliche's come from! NOW, I shall SALLY FORTH from hence, never to return! And yes, I do mean -- in a sudden, energetic AND violent manner. ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
Ivanhoe is set in Britain in the 12th Century, an age when the Saxons of England and the Normans who came with William the Conqueror had not quite been assimilated into one race yet. In addition, the Crusaders were still straggling back home from the Middle East. The prejudice against Jews in Britain also played a part in the story. Throughout the book, gallant knights fight each other both in tournaments and in all out battles between Saxon and Norman neighbors. Characters you may recognize include King Richard the Lion Hearted, Robin of Locksley (later known as Robin Hood) and his Merry Men, and of course, the brave knight, Wilfred of Ivanhoe.

It took a little while to get used to the language, but I enjoyed this book. It’s interesting to read the story that so many other stories were affected by. The plot and action are by far the strongest parts of the book. The only problems I had with the book were that the descriptions of every new character and place were just too long; however this becomes less of a problem after the first quarter of the book. I also think the story could have flowed a little smoother in places. When Scott wanted to follow two events that were occurring simultaneously, he jumped from one to the other so abruptly that it was a bit confusing. Overall though, these kinds of stories of the Middle Ages are just fun to experience. ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
Set in England in the reign of Richard the Lion Heart and the crusades Ivanhoe closely resembles the legends of Robin Hood.

The native Saxons hate the Norman invaders and vice versa but everyone hate the Jews more.

A novel of chivalry of daring do and adventure, entertaining.

Billed as the first historical novel this is well worth reading. ( )
  BookWormM | Jan 15, 2016 |
I bought this book as part of the TAB books program at my school in the early 1960s. Some people think that Rebecca is based on Rebecca Gratz of Philadelphia (and connected to Gratz College), who did not marry the man she loved because he was not Jewish. For those of you who find her more interesting than Rowena, try Thackeray's Rebecca and Rowena for a more satisfying ending.
  raizel | Jan 10, 2016 |
IVANHOE, by Sir Walter Scott, is a great little story set in Medieval England. The title character is the disowned son of Cedric the Saxon and in the beginning of the story Ivanhoe is returning to his home ground, hiding his identity behind a knight’s helmet.
There is plenty of action with lists (knights fighting each other as entertainment), kidnappings, rescues, damsels in distress, arson, feasting, and the storming of castles. In fact, the storming of the castle was one of the best parts.
At first the style in which the characters speak took some getting used to. I liked the humor and wit of Wamba the Jester. I disliked the anti-climatic ending and think that the fate of Brian de Bois-Guilbert was a cop-out. Still, I would recommend this book for anyone interested in Medieval times. ( )
  BooksOn23rd | Nov 25, 2015 |
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In that pleasant district of merry England which is watered by the river Don, there extended in ancient times a large forest, covering the greater part of the beautiful hills and valleys which lie between Sheffield and the pleasant town of Doncaster. The remains of this extensive wood are still to be seen at the noble seats of Wentworth, of Warncliffe Park, and around Rotherham. Here haunted of yore the fabulous Dragon of Wantley; here were fought many of the most desperate battles during the Civil Wars of the Roses; and here also flourished in ancient times those bands of gallant outlaws, whose deeds have been rendered so popular in English song.
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"Ivanhoe" (1819) was the first of Scott's novels to adopt a purely English subject and was also his first attempt to combine history and romance, which later influenced Victorian medievalism. Set at the time of the Norman Conquest, "Ivanhoe" returns from the Crusades to claim his inheritance and the love of Rowena and becomes involved in the struggle between Richard Coeur de Lion and his Norman brother John. The gripping narrative is structured by a series of conflicts: Saxon versus Norman, Christian versus Jew, men versus women, played out against Scott's unflinching moral realism.

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The epitome of the chivalric novel, Ivanhoe sweeps readers into Medieval England and the lives of a memorable cast of characters. Ivanhoe, a trusted ally of Richard-the-Lion-Hearted, returns from the Crusades to reclaim the inheritance his father denied him. Rebecca, a vibrant, beautiful Jewish woman is defended by Ivanhoe against a charge of witchcraft -- but it is Lady Rowena who is Ivanhoe's true love. The wicked Prince John plots to usurp England's throne, but two of the most popular heroes in all of English literature, Richard-the-Lion-Hearted and the well-loved famous outlaw, Robin Hood, team up to defeat the Normans and reagain the castle. The success of this novel lies with Scott's skillful blend of historic reality, chivalric romance, and high adventure.… (more)

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