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IVANHOE by SIR WALTER SCOTT
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IVANHOE (original 1819; edition 1987)

by SIR WALTER SCOTT

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Title:IVANHOE
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Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott (1819)

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In some ways this is a hard read 'Children's Literature': In my childhood the required standard of English was such that this book's text was the reading level for junior school, I suspect now the content would challenge many at Secondary education: Ivanhoe is a tale suitable for children & has all that is needed for a thoroughly adventurous delve into a somewhat fictional past - there's clear good & bad characters & activities, and some thoughtful reference to the plight of the Jewish community (some things have hardly changed at all) within Christian England which has resonated down the ages. However, originally sold as a 'Romance' the story of Ivanhoe is in significant part also the tale of 2 strong women, Rowena & Rebecca who find common cause & experience trials & tribulations that Ivanhoe sees them through at considerable cost to all concerned. A great early 19th Century British novel. ( )
  tommi180744 | Nov 9, 2018 |
A real page turner. ( )
1 vote infantinanivetha | Jul 30, 2018 |
I was surprised to find Robin Hood in this story!! I must admit I didn't know he as a part of this THe language made reading the book a bit challenging. I kept my dictionary close by and found the read enjoyable. Lots of knights in shining armour along with damsels in distress. Good fun. ( )
2 vote melanieklo | Jul 25, 2018 |
This was one of my SantaThing pressies a couple of years ago that I didn't get round to reading until now. For a book titled Ivanhoe, the eponymous hero was a bit bland and absent, although having said that, I think he was one of the few characters in the book that didn't actively annoy me. I found Rebecca pretty much the only character in the book who wasn't flat as a piece of cardboard: she got to be brave, kind and complicated. And it shock me how casually racist and anti-semitic the book was in many places. ( )
  mari_reads | Jul 21, 2018 |
It is hard to know what to say about Ivanhoe. It is part Robin Hood style adventure, part history and full of thematic richness. I was surprised that Ivanhoe himself figures into this tale somewhat sporadically. There are many characters who receive more in depth development, and the Jewess Rebecca is more fully developed than the heroine, Rowena.

The attitudes toward Jews in the novel make one uncomfortable in the same way that you feel when reading The Merchant of Venice. It is obvious that Scott himself does not sanction this view of Jews, but even the characters who admire and are helped by Rebecca make comments regarding being defiled by her presence or touch. I constantly had to attempt to put myself into the time in question and remind myself that this is history and to have written it any other way would have been false.

It is easy to see why Sir Walter Scott was a popular writer in his time and has survived. The story is fun, in the same way tales of King Arthur and his Knights are. The descriptions of the lists and tournaments are vivid portrayals. There are plot surprises, there is laughter, particularly in the forms of a jester and a Thane, and there is familiarity in the characters that we have seen time and again from this era, Richard the Lion-Hearted, Robin Hood and his Merry Men, and the evil King John. ( )
  phantomswife | Jul 6, 2018 |
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Davidson, FrederickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dettore, UgoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hill, JamesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hitchcock, Alfred M.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moffett, H. Y.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Page, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Richards, G. M.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tulloch, GrahamIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilson, Edward A.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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This is the main work for Ivanhoe, by Sir Walter Scott. Please do not combine with any adaptation, abridgment, etc.
ISBN 0821204718 - edited, abridged, and annotated by Robin S. Wright.
Academy Classics for junior high schools series - abridged and edited by J.C. Tressler
ISBN 028970250X, DUTCH: 90-02-13331-6 - Edited, abridged and annotated by Robin S. Wright; illustrated by Christopher Bradbury
ISBNs 1587172488, 1587172496 - Adapted by Marianna Mayer

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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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