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Medieval England was a time and place of great conflict. As the Crusades came to a close, Normans and Saxons clashed in constant battles over control of the land. A citizen's allegiance to one side or the other was all-important. Wilfrid of Ivanhoe is all too aware of the stakes in this critical conflict. Although his father Cedric is a staunch Saxon, Wilfrid has pledged his loyalty to the Norman King Richard I. To make matters even more complicated, Wilfrid has fallen madly in love with Cedric's ward, the Lady Rowena. Cedric had intended to marry Rowena to a powerful political ally in hopes of solidifying the Saxon claim to power over England. Wilfrid and Rowena's love for each other causes a rift between father and son that may never be mended. Can there be a happy solution to this very complicated situation? Or has the time come for a painful decision to be made between family and passionate love? Familiar characters like Robin Hood and his Merry Men join gallant knights and alluring ladies in this dazzling tale of love and loyalty.
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The Author of the Waverley Novels had hitherto proceeded in an unabated course of popularity, and might, in his peculiar district of literature, have been termed "L'Enfant Gate" of success. It was plain, however, that frequent publication must finally wear out the public favour, unless some mode ...Back to top
Reviewed by renehasekamp on Jul 29, 2009
This is a very famous book. But reading it is a kind of a task. The story goes very slow, Ivanhoe appears for the first time at about 1/3 of the book, there is a dreadful "deus ex machina" in it and the old English language is difficult to read (for non-native English readers).
Still, the story is good. (By the way, what happens between Ivanhoe and Rebecca?)
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Ratings for 'Ivanhoe' by Scott, Sir Walter