Includes an introduction and notes by David Blair, 440 pgs, pb.
Set in the reign of Richard I, Coeur de Lion, Ivanhoe is packed with memorable incidents – sieges, ambushes and combats – and equally memorable characters: Cedric of Rotherwood, the die-hard Saxon; his ward Rowena; the fierce Templar knight, Sir Brian de Bois-Gilbert; the Jew, Isaac of York, and his beautiful, spirited daughter Rebecca; Wamba and Gurth, jester and swineherd respectively.
Scott explores the conflicts between the Crown and the powerful Barons, between the Norman overlords and the conquered Saxons, and between Richard and his scheming brother, Prince John. At the same time he brings into the novel the legendary Robin Hood and his band, and creates a brilliant, colourful account of the age of chivalry with all its elaborate rituals and costumes and its values of honour and personal glory.
A century after the Battle of Hastings, England remains a kingdom that is torn apart by hatred between the Normans and Saxons. On his way back from the Crusades, Richard the Lion-Hearted is determined to reclaim his throne from his brother Prince John. Disinherited by his father Cedric the Saxon because of his loyalty to Richard, the Norman king, Ivanhoe is returning to England to reclaim his birthright and the hand of his lady love Rowena. Follow the lively adventures of these two characters as they fight to regain what is rightfully theirs. ~ Enh