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Ivanhoe (Penguin Classics) (original 1819; edition 2000)

by Sir Walter Scott (Author)

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The epitome of the chivalric novel, Ivanhoe sweeps listeners 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 regain the castle. The success of this novel lies with Sir Walter Scott's skillful blend of historic reality, chivalric romance, and high adventure.

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Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott (1819)

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    Cecrow: If you grasp Ivanhoe, you'll be able to appreciate Twain's humor.
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    A Search for the King by Gore Vidal (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: A light historical novel about what was happening with Richard in captivity while Ivanhoe is trying to keep England from falling apart.
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    morryb: Two Tales of Knights.
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    writard: If you like medieval language and lore
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The book has some flaws, but the modern style of romantic adventure novels was in its infancy. The minor characters are well treated, and the love story more complicated than some. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Sep 21, 2023 |
A tale as the Saxons and Normans were beginning to compete for control of England. Yet, if aware a more profound and controversial secondary commentary also clearly comes through.

Scott’s used Ivanhoe to make a not-so-subtle criticism of the medieval church. Bois-Guilbert, aTemplar Knight, kidnaps Rebecca and threatens to defile her. A clergyman, Prior Aymer, who's reputation of worldly acts such as cavorting with women, and drinks excessively. The church, highly political and hostile to the Jewish race. Anti-Semitism plays into Bois-Guilbert’s decision to put Rebecca on trial. Rebecca, a Jew, proves to be the most genuinely faithful and God-fearing character in the book. ( )
1 vote Huba.Library | Nov 29, 2022 |
¡Sí, estos son mis libros de la niñez! … Y en éste, y otros volúmenes a los que reúno bajo EDICIONES PEUSER, deseo rendir un humilde homenaje en primer lugar, a esta gran editorial que iluminó con literatura, a una innumerable cantidad de familias (como la mía), de conocimiento y pasión por la vida.
Y vaya también las gracias a mi padre por su visión, al acercarme estas joyas literarias a mis ojos anhelantes de colosales mundos nuevos, y despacharlos colmados de viajes… entre simples baldosas.
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  serxius | Aug 26, 2022 |
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. ( )
1 vote mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
That was unexpected very little about Ivanhoe. U would think that he is the main character in the book. ( )
  kakadoo202 | Jun 9, 2022 |
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Scott, Sir Walterprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blanch, C.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bonet, IldefonsoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brock, C. E.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cooper, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davidson, FrederickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dettore, UgoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Domingual, CristiánCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Franklin, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grant, JohnAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hill, JamesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hitchcock, Alfred M.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McCallion, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moffett, H. Y.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Page, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prebble, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Richards, G. M.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rintoul, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schoonover, Frank E.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Springer, NancyForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tulloch, GrahamIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Waldo, HalEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Waldo, LucileEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wilson, Edward A.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Winter, MiloIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wood, Gillen D'ArcyIntroductionsecondary 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.
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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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Classic Literature. Fiction. Literature. Historical Fiction. HTML:

The epitome of the chivalric novel, Ivanhoe sweeps listeners 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 regain the castle. The success of this novel lies with Sir Walter Scott's skillful blend of historic reality, chivalric romance, and high adventure.

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