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Ivanhoe (Penguin Classics) [Paperback]

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Pages   496
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.74" Width: 5.18" Height: 0.97"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2000
Publisher   Penguin Group USA
Age  18
ISBN  0140436588  
EAN  9780140436587  


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The classic chivalric novel follows Richard-the-Lion-Hearted back from the Crusades where he seeks to claim his rightful inheritance and introduces Ivanhoe, an alley of the King, who must defend a Jewish woman from charges of witchcraft. Reprint.

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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.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Walter Scott (1771-1832) was born and educated in Edinburgh. He is credited with establishing the form of the historical novel. Claire Lamont is Professor of English Romantic Literature at University of Newcastle and series editor for Walter Scott in Penguin Classics.

Walter Scott lived in Edinburgh. Walter Scott was born in 1771 and died in 1832.

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Ivanhoe is sir Walter Scott's imaginative recreation of the days when Richard the Lionhearted ruled England  Sep 3, 2009
Ivanhoe. The very name seems to evoke romance when knights jousted in hopes of winning love bestowed by a fair and chaste maid! Ivanhoe was the first novel set in England written by the great romancer Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832) the Scottish lawyer who wrote fiction.
The tale concerns Wilfred of Ivanhoe a young knight recently returned from the third crusade. He seeks to win the hand of the fair Rowena a Saxon girl. Ivanhoe has been banished from his father but wins Rowena following adventures pitting him against evil knights. Richard I King of England appear as do Robin Hood Friar Tuck, Allan A Dale and the merry men of the forest The court jester Wamba provides the laughs. Also featured is the loyal servant Gurth who serves Ivanhoe. The madwoman Ulrica is an early version of the daft Mrs. Danvers in Rebecca!
The least interesting character is Ivanhoe! Far better characters are the rich Jewish merchant Isaac and his beautiful and kind daughter Rebecca. Rebecca is tried and condemned as a witch. Will Ivanhoe rescue her at the last minute? Cedric, the father of Ivanhoe, is also a brave man who seeks to have his ward Rowena wed a Saxon claimant to the throne.
The book rambles over 500 densely written pages filled with poetry, long speeches and sporadic action. The literary sins of Scott are multitudious. He:
1. Writes in a turgidly pompous style alien to the eyes of 21st century readers.
2.His characters are one dimensional puppets who have no depth.
3. His plotting is slow moving and somewhat dull. The highlights are the tournament of knights, a caste's siege and the trial of Rebecca at novel's end.
Nevetheless Scott's works live because:
1. He practically created modern historical fiction.
2. The story is interesting if the reader will pay attention to the course of the tale. Scott could spin a tale!
3. Some of his characters are witty, wise and wonderful. Famous authors such as Balzac and Dickens were influenced by his oeuvre. Even Jane Austen perused Scott with pleasure and joy.
Sir Walter Scott wrote this book in 1819. That was a long time ago! He may not be your cup of tea and you may have hated to have to read this book in school! If so give it an adult reread. It is a great work of fiction for all of its many flaws.
 
Ivanhoe  May 4, 2009
This was a requested book from a friend. I read it a long, long ago in high school and enjoyed it greatly.
 
A serious work of literature and culture, not just a romatic adventure story  Jan 15, 2009
One purpose of this review is to encourage the millions of people who read Sir Walter's Scott's Ivanhoe in a watered-down, condensed version in school to read the complete novel as an adult...and for those of you who have not read it at all to enjoy for the first time this great epic historical novel. When I was 18 years old I saw the movie version of Gone with the Wind and thought it was a grand spectacle about war. When I saw it again 30 years later I realized that the war was just the backdrop for the real meaning--the struggle for existence in a rapidly changing world. Ivanhoe is full of spectacle, but real meaning, in my view has to do with morality and values. For me a key moment in the story happens on pp. 247. Ivanhoe and Rebecca are being held as prisoners in a castle and a large band of men has gathered outside and are preparing to storm the castle to rescue them. The wounded Ivanhoe yearns to join them as Rebecca describes the fighting to him. Noting the bravery of one particular knight Ivanhoe says, "Under such a leader as thou has spoken this knight to be, there are no craven fears, no cold-blooded delays, no yielding up a gallant enterprise...I vow by the name of my bright lady-love, I would endure ten years' captivity to fight one day by that good knight's side in such a quarrel as this!" Rebecca disagrees, "and what is it, valiant knight, save an offering of sacrifice to a demon of vainglory, as a passing through the fire to Moloch?" As a boy, I would have agreed with Ivanhoe; now, having seen the horrors of war (and even as I write this the ongoing death in Gaza) I stand with Rebecca.

It was the year 1193. Richard I, the Lion Hearted, after leading the Third Crusade to rescue the Holy Land from the infidels is on his way back to England when he is imprisoned by Leopold V, Duke of Austria, leaving his younger brother, Prince John, in charge of the country and anxious to secure the throne for himself. But Richard is released and is making his way back to an England that is in turmoil with Saxons eager to throw off the yoke of the conquering Normans, Norman barons carving out independent fiefdoms, and marauding outlaws making things unsafe for everyone.

The cast of characters is all larger than life and can be divided, more or less, into the good guys and the bad guys. The good guys include Cedric of Rotherwood, a patriotic Saxon hoping to restore the Saxons to their former independence; his ward, the Lady Rowena, beautiful, proud and of high birth whom Cedric hopes to wed to Athelstane, a powerful, but slow thinking man who is also of royal Saxon blood; Wilfred of Ivanhoe, the son of Cedric who was disinherited by his father for loving Rowena and who consequently went off with Richard on the Third Crusade; the Black Knight, also known as The Sluggard, a mysterious knight who saves Ivanhoe from defeat in the jousting competition and then goes off without claming the reward for his performance; Locksley (aka Robin Hood), the leader of the outlaw band and an outstanding archer; the Clerk of Copmanhust (Friar Tuck), an erstwhile monk who is a key member of the outlaw group; Isaac of York, a rich Jew whose travails and actions infuse the story; and last and certainly not least, his daughter Rebecca, also beautiful as well as courageous and high minded.

Arrayed against this group are the bad guys, who include Prince John, now in power while Richard is away, but scheming to take the throne for himself; Maurice de Bracy, a Norman knight who lusts after Rowena, Reginald Front-de-Boeuf, another Norman Knight who is anxious to take away Ivanhoe's lands to add to his, Brian de Bois-Guilbert, a Norman knight of the Templar order, that is to say both a military man and a religious one, who hates Ivanhoe and lusts after Rowena and then kidnaps Rebecca; Fitzhugh Waldermar, advisor to Prince John, a lesser character with a Machiavellian-like mentality. Philip and Albert Malvoisan, the latter being a key personage in the Templar organization, Lucas Beaumanoir, the Grand Master (head) of the Templars whose ascetic mentality is affronted by the seeming corruption of this order, and Prior Almer, a religious man who attends to the Norman cause.

Finally, there is Ulrica, who as a young girl lived in the castle of Torquilstone with her Saxon father and brothers. The castle was attacked by Front-de-Boeuf's father and all the men killed and Ulrica kept alive only to serve the sexual and personal needs of the conquerors. She is now old and bitter and she plays a key part in the novel, getting revenge on the Normans.

Ivanhoe is a tale of derring-do highlighted by a jousting tournament, the siege of a castle in which some of the "good guys" were confined, and the trial of Rebecca as a witch which ends in a contest between de Bois-Guilbert and Ivanhoe who acts as Rebecca's champion.

The novel is particular valuable as a guide to the cultural, social and political values of those times. It features two Jewish characters, one of which (Isaac) is largely described in stereotypical terms. But the other, Rebecca, is one of the greatest heroines in fiction. Her courage and steadfastness and kindness stand in mark contrast to the immorality of the men around her. Finally, novel reveals the true nature of the reasons for the Magna Charta which the by then King John was forced to sign. Rather than being an enlightened document of democracy as it is often portrayed in history books, it was really an effort by a power hungry elite (the Norman barons) to advance their own power and wealth at the expense of a capricious monarch.

Five stars all the way, but read it as a serious work, not a romantic adventure.


 
Worth The Effort  Nov 16, 2008
I readily admit that there were several times when I was tempted to put Ivanhoe aside. The story is a wonderful historical tale of knights and political intrigues with all the details normally associated with a tale of medieval chivalry. Each time I almost gave in, I reached a point in the narrative that suddenly engaged me and so I continued and finished what is in retrospect a fabulous read.

Sir Walter Scott's tale is grounded in history , though as many have cited below not necessarily historically accurate. Nevertheless it is entertaining and well worth the effort. The language can be a challenge at times but for a fantastical view of Norman England during the Crusades it is quite a ride.
 
And, for my love, I pray you wrong me not  Sep 15, 2008
After ordering my copy of Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe, I eagerly awaited the arrival of the book on my doorstep. Upon finishing the book yesterday, and having taken until the age of 40 to actually read this classic novel, it was all well worth the wait.

Being an avid reader of historical fiction, both classic and contemporary novels on the subject, I am inclined to want a fast paced, intricate plot, well developed characters, and a good, in-depth read. Ivanhoe, one of Scott's Waverly romances, brings to life the story of the return of outcast Wilfred of Ivanhoe, son of Cedric the Saxon....banished from his father's favor for simply falling in love with the maiden Rowena, who is Cedric's ward, and promised to Cedric's friend, Athelstane.

Upon returning to Cedric's kingdom, Ivanhoe proves himself in battle, yet is wounded in the process. Enter the damsel Rebecca, daughter of the wealthy Jewish merchant Isaac of York, who takes up the charge of tending to Ivanhoe's wounds and restoring him to health.

Thus begins the story, which then turns on some famous characters of history, such as Richard the Lion Hearted, as well as a not too difficult to identify Robin Hood (though appearing under the name Locksley for most of this book) and the efforts of Robin's men, along with the famed 'Black Knight' to rescue Cedric, Rebecca, Rowena, Athelstane, Ivanhoe, and Isaac from the clutches of the dastardly Maurice De Bracy and Knight Templar Brian de Bois Guilbert, who have imprisoned the heroes and heroines in the castle Front-de-Boeuf after they have ambushed them on the road.

Danger, disguise, intrigue, romance, shocking deaths and even more shocking returns await readers as they read on in Walter Scott's highly engaging and likeable tale of Chivalrous derring-do. A wonderful novel, a wonderful read, and a wonderful way to learn more about the middle ages, the Knights Templar, and the exploits of Robin Hood. Though Ivanhoe himself is what I would deem a 'minor' character in the work, this still does nothing to take from the enjoyment of reading it. Highly recommended.
 

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