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Ivanhoe (Classic gothic novel Book 2) Kindle Edition
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From the Back Cover
'The love of battle is the food upon which we live – the dust of the melee is the breath of our nostrils! we live not – we wish not to live – longer than while we are victorious and renowned. Such…are the laws of chivalry to which we are sworn, and to which we offer all that we hold dear.'
Set in the twelfth century, during the reign of Richard the Lionheart, 'Ivanhoe' tells of the love of Wilfred of Ivanhoe for the Lady Rowena, his father Cedric's ward. Cedric, who is dedicated to the liberation of the Saxon people from Norman oppression and to the revival of the Saxon royal line, intends Rowena – a descendant of King Alfred – for the oafish Athelstane, and he banishes his son. Ivanhoe joins King Richard on his crusade in the Holy Land, and eventually the two men return secretly to England – Ivanhoe to regain his inheritance and the land of Rowena, Richard to secure his kingdom from his scheming brother John who has ruled in Richard's absence.
With a gallery of memorable characters, high and low, 'Ivanhoe' is a powerful and exciting evocation of a medieval world of jousting, baronial rivalry, siege warfare and trial by combat, and makes no attempt to gloss over the violence and brutality that lay behind the chivalric ideals.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B01GFA2V00
- Publisher : GNC Publications (31 May 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 27252 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
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- Print length : 406 pages
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The hero of the story, Ivanhoe, is a young knight recently returned from the Crusades where he has been fighting alongside King Richard. He has been banished from his family for courting the attention of his father's ward, the beautiful Rowena. Ivanhoe makes his return at a jousting tournament where he is badly wounded. Other notable characters are a Jew, Isaac of York, and his lovely daughter, Rebecca. There follows all sorts of adventures including kidnappings, a castle siege and the trial of Rebecca for witchcraft. There are some wonderful characters too, notably swineherd Gurth and jester Wamba who show bravery and loyalty beyond the call of duty. There is a hint of a love story too. Whilst Ivanhoe hopes to marry Rowena, there is a certain chemistry between himself and Rebecca too. But this isn't really a love story and any romance is implicit in Ivanhoe's actions rather than between the characters.
This book is full of adventure and humour and it is unusual to see a medieval setting in 19th century literature. A couple of aspects make it not quite a 5 star read, most notably the unlikely resurrection from the dead of a minor character - whilst explained, I did have to suspend belief. Also, I felt that Ivanhoe himself was not fully described - he spends much of the novel injured on the sidelines and, as a result, his character was one-dimensional and I would have like to have seen much more of him.
I highly recommend this book though for sheer adventure and entertainment and urge readers not to be afraid to give it a go.