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Seller: ancientgifts (4,777) 100%, Location: Lummi Island, Washington, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 382412730365 Ivanhoe by Walter Scott, Edited with an Introduction by Graham Tulloch. DESCRIPTION: Softcover: 496 pages. Publisher: Penguin Books; (2000). 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 regain the castle. The success of this novel lies with Scott's skillful blend of historic reality, chivalric romance, and high adventure. CONDITION: New, never read. PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK. PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW. PUBLISHER REVIEW: REVIEW: Banished from England for seeking to marry against his father's wishes. Ivanhoe joins Richard the Lion Heart on a crusade in the Holy Land. On his return his passionate desire is to be reunited with the beautiful but forbidden Lady Rowena. But he soon finds himself playing a more dangerous game as he is drawn into a bitter power struggle between the noble King Richard and his evil and scheming brother John. The first of Scott's novels to address a purely English subject, "Ivanhoe" is set in a highly romanticized medieval world of tournaments and sieges, chivalry and adventure where dispossessed Saxons are pitted against their Norman overlords, and where the historical and fictional seamlessly merge. This volume is based on the acclaimed Edinburgh Edition of the Waverly Novels whose first edition was drawn from Scott's original text. It contains an introduction that examines Scott's use of history in light of contemporary ideas, a chronology, bibliography, glossary, and extensive notes. Walter Scott (1771-1832), considered the inventor and master of the historical novel, wrote "The Heart of the Mid-Lothian", "Rob Roy", "Old Morality", and "Waverley", as well as narrative poems, a nine-volume "Life of Napoleon", and a history of Scotland. PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS: REVIEW: At the dawn of the Middle Ages, a gripping tale of chivalry and suspense emerges. Two distinguished knights, one Saxon, one Norman; have returned from the Crusades. Though they fought on the same side, they now have a score to settle. What begins as a joust between two rivals quickly escalates into clan-wide mayhem and a fast-paced series of battles for revenge, honor, and love. Sir Walter Scott's "Ivanhoe" was one of the first great historical novels of western literature and was the first of Scott's novels to take place in the middle ages. However it is far from being the fantastic, medievalist romance associated (in the critical imagination) with a visionary Britain that never was. This is the first novel in English to deal seriously with issues of race. At the same time, it provides an exciting read too! REVIEW: Medieval England. King Richard the Lion-hearted, coming home from the Crusades, has been captured and imprisoned in Austria. His wicked brother, John, has seized the throne and refuses to pay Richard's ransom. Meanwhile the conflict between Saxon and Norman threatens to turn into civil war. Standing above it all is Wilfred of Ivanhoe, the disinherited son of Cedric, a Saxon noble. Ivanhoe enraged his father by following the Norman Richard to the Crusades. Now back in England, he wants to help rescue Richard, and marry Cedric's ward, Rowena. But Cedric has pledged her to a highborn Saxon in hopes of creating a new Saxon royal line. To this mix Walter Scott adds several ferocious Norman villains, the legendary Robin Hood, a Shakespearean "wise fool" who constantly offers wryly sardonic comments on the action, and a sidelong look at English anti-Semitism, as a pair of Jewish characters, the beautiful Rebecca and her father, Isaac of York, alternately protect and garner protection from Ivanhoe. With its clanging swords, burning castles, damsels in distress, and kings in disguise, Ivanhoe remains Scott's best-loved novel of historical romance. REVIEW: In this spellbinding tale of chivalry and romance set in 12th-th century England, where Saxons oppose the occupying Normans, young Wilfred of Ivanhoe loves his father's ward Rowena and wishes to marry her. He is promptly disinherited. Wounded in a tournament, he is nursed by the beautiful Rebecca - and it takes Richard the Lionheart and Robin Hood and his Sherwood Forest outlaws to ensure that Ivanhoe can save Rebecca from being burnt as a witch, establish peace between Norman and Saxon, and win fair Rowena's hand. "Ivanhoe" remains one of the most exciting stories in the English language. REVIEW: In 1194 the Saxon knight Ivanhoe returns from the Crusades to a chaotic England ruled by the enemies of the absent King Richard the Lion-Hearted and finds himself disowned and dishonored, forced to fight for his name and the people he loves. A stirring romantic tale of peril and rescue, chivalry and pageantry, Ivanhoe is the captivating tale of Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe, a knight returning from the Crusades who finds himself disinherited and thwarted in the pursuit of the lady Rowena. As Robert Louis Stevenson wrote, "Walter Scott is out and away the king of the romantics". READER REVIEWS: REVIEW: Sir Walter Scott's 1819 novel "Ivanhor" is a thoroughly enjoyable masterpiece by one of the greatest story tellers this world is ever likely to know. Hints are given as to where the story is going, making it easy to follow despite being set in long ago England. Memorable characters abound, especially the Norman Knight Templar, villainous Brian de Bois-Guibert, the Jewess Rebecca of York and a supporting cast led by Wamba the Jester and Gurth the swineherd. Throw in the thinly disguised Black Knight (King Richard the Lion-Hearted), his crafty brother Prince John, Robin Hood and his Merry Men, sullen Saxons, ruthless Normans like Front-de-Boeuf, worldly churchmen, beautiful women and the lovers Wilfred of Ivanhoe and Rowena and you have a tale hard to set down till read cover to cover. The motivations of all the characters as well as "where they are coming from" drive their actions. The visual backdrop is lush from joust, to castle siege, to witch trial. Finally, this is a powerful study of anti-Semitism, a few generations before Jews were driven out of England. The scene in Chapter XXVIII when Ivanhoe wakes to find his wound well tended by Rebecca is unforgettable. Initially, he is grateful. But honesty compels her to say, "your handmaiden is a poor Jewess". And "Ivanhoe was too good a Catholic to retain the same class of feelings toward a Jewess". Though it was hard for him to overcome the prejudices dinned into him by church and culture, in the end Ivanhoe alone champions Rebecca and prevents her being burned at the stake for witchcraft by the Grand Master of the Knights Templar. In her meeting with an apparently unprejudiced Rowena at novel's end, Rebecca of York asserts, "there is a gulf betwixt us. Our breeding, our faith, alike forbid either to pass over it. Farewell." "Ivanhoe" may be the best work of Scott's for someone to read first. It will not be the last of Scott's works he reads. REVIEW: I am an English teacher and recently purchased several copies for my British Literature students. You have probably never seen a group of high school seniors so enthusiastic about what they're reading. Not only are they placing bets as to who the knights in disguise are; they are also interested in learning more about the time period and including information about Ivanhoe and Sir Walter Scott in their journals. The book starts out slow; it's very descriptive and must set up the characters for the plot. However, if you can get through this, the action takes off. I loved reading it in high school and college, and am enjoying reading it again! REVIEW: I read Ivanhoe in the seventh grade, and it was quite an undertaking, let me tell you! However hard it was for me to read then, it was and still remains one of my favorite books. I love historical fiction, with a bit of romance mixed in, and this satisfied me completely. To this day, Rebecca the Jewess is one of my favorite characters in literature. Sir Walter Scott is a masterful writer, and made me fall in love with the Medieval age and the Celts. If anyone is out there like me, Ivanhoe will satisfy their appetite for historical fiction completely. REVIEW: I am a big fan of historical fiction books and I love Ivanhoe. Sir Walter Scott describes a period of British history, around the time of the crusades, that is truly fascinating. He captures the mentality of the people who lived during these times very well. I learned a lot of things about medieval England by reading this book that I never knew before. It is also a romance, for those who enjoy reading slightly more romantic novels. Overall I highly recommend it! REVIEW: This is most definitely a book you have to wade through but Scott is such a masterful story teller that the difficult passages are worth the effort. Rebekah is a brilliant character, an intelligent and independent woman who uses her brain. Most modern books don't have as strong a female character. The introduction to my copy says that the book is not accurate to medieval history and was not meant to be. The Normans and Saxons were symbols for the English and Scots (Scott was pro-independence). I don't know how true this is but it makes a good deal of sense. My point is, the strength of the book was not its historical accuracy but Scott's brilliant characters. Rebecca and Brian de Bois Gilbert are my favorites hands down for their complexities but everyone has at least one good scene (except poor Rowena who really is a damsel in distress.) REVIEW: Ivanhoe is perhaps the greatest of classic medieval literature that I know of. In its pages you will find adventure, love, personal sacrifice, honor, greed, lust, ambition, loyalty, faith and devotion. The language is difficult to grasp for most contemporary readers I would suspect, especially for the younger generation. Yes, the history is a little fanciful, but Scott is masterful at establishing a milieu, creating memorable characters, and using unchronological chapters. The quality of this classic tale is beyond question. REVIEW: It is odd that right-wing orthodox Catholic monarchists might find much to dislike in Scott's romantic tale of Catholics and monarchs. Although Scott's book pays fitting homage to tradition, justice, virtue, and piety, there is an undercurrent of criticism of the Church and men tasked with defending the common good. Individuals of noble character fight injustice, yet their leaders can seldom be prevailed upon to do the right thing at the right time. And, like all moderns, Scott puts virtue not in service of God, but in service of nation. So Ivanhoe is more a tale of an oppressed people who must rise up and show their national character than it is a tale of God-fearing men dedicated to serving throne and altar. I am looking for another book to rival it! I was absolutely immersed in the world that Sir Walter Scott created and was quite disappointed when the story ended. If you like historical fiction with a bit of romance, I think it is well worth your time. I always ship books Media Mail in a padded mailer. This book is shipped FOR FREE via USPS INSURED media mail (“book rate”). 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