A Romance

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Hailed by Victor Hugo as 'the real epic of our age,' Ivanhoe was an immensely popular bestseller when first published in 1819. The book inspired literary imitations as well as paintings, dramatizations, and even operas. Now Sir Walter Scott's sweeping romance of medieval England has prompted a lavish new television production.

In the twelfth century, Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe returns home to England from the Third Crusade to claim his inheritance and the love of the lady Rowena. The heroic adventures of this noble Saxon knight involve him in the struggle between Richard the Lion-Hearted and his malignant brother John: a conflict that brings Ivanhoe into alliance with the mysterious outlaw Robin Hood and his legendary fight for the forces of good.

'Scott's characters, like Shakespeare's and Jane Austen's, have the seed of life in them,' observed Virginia Woolf. 'The emotions in which Scott excels are not those of human beings pitted against other human beings, but of man pitted against Nature, of man in relation to fate. His romance is the romance of hunted men hiding in woods at night; of brigs standing out to sea; of waves breaking in the moonlight; of solitary sands and distant horsemen; of violence and suspense.' For Henry James, 'Scott was a born storyteller. . . . Since Shakespeare, no writer has created so immense a gallery of portraits.'
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2001.
Edition: 2001 Modern Library pbk. ed.
ISBN: 9780679642237
Branch Call Number: FICTION Scott Walter 2001
Characteristics: xlvii, 538 p. ;,21 cm.


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Aug 26, 2016

I think I started this twice before but never finished it. This time I made it to the end. It's one of the few books my rather unliterary father seemed to have been impressed with in his youth. Highly melodramatic: the good are very good, the bad are very bad. Some stock characters grow tiresome. The work had a considerable vogue during the heyday of romanticism, then migrated to the category of children's literature. Highly politically incorrect with overt anti-Semitism, but this is undercut by Rebecca's stealing the show.

Jun 06, 2011

I read this when I was 12, but stopped half way through because t was due back at the library. A lot of it was pretty slow, but the part where the mysterious Black Knight was fencing was too good to put down. If you like Jane Eyre or Pride and Prejudice you should definently read this.


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Aug 26, 2016

jensenmk thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

red_ostrich_17 Nov 27, 2013

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Aug 26, 2016

On the books' influence: "With Scott's 'Ivanhoe,' issued among the Waverleys for a variation in setting, if not in theme, an idyll of sentimental feudalism was taken up in the antebellum South as a blueprint and a benediction for a civilization already divided into landed fiefdoms and fully regulated by caste. Out of the novel's high-colored Arthurian cloth was fashioned, in and for the states of the future Confederacy, a self-conscious and elaborately archaizing cult of courtliness (the leading planters even dubbing themselves 'The Chivalry'), complete with tournaments and duels and, above all, a prodigiously exaggerated attachment to the chastity and honor of women, who were reared and cultivated accordingly."

--Claudia Roth Pierpont, "A Study in Scarlett," The New Yorker (Aug. 31, 1992), p. 90.

Aug 26, 2016

“. . . women are but the toys which amuse our lighter hours — ambition is the serious business of life."

—Albert Malvoisin, the preceptor of Templestowe, a preceptory of the Knights Templar, in Walter Scott, Ivanhoe (1820), ch. 36.


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Aug 01, 2014

Violence: Nothing too gory. What you would expect from Medival times violence. It didn't make me want to put the book away.


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