By Walter Scott
Medieval England. King Richard the Lion-hearted, coming domestic from the Crusades, has been captured and imprisoned in Austria. His depraved brother, John, has seized the throne and refuses to pay Richard’s ransom. in the meantime the clash among Saxon and Norman threatens to show into civil war.
Standing above all of it is Wilfred of Ivanhoe, the disinherited son of Cedric, a Saxon noble. Ivanhoe enraged his father through following the Norman Richard to the Crusades. Now again in England, he desires to support rescue Richardand marry Cedric’s ward, Rowena. yet Cedric has pledged her to a highborn Saxon in hopes of making a brand new Saxon royal line.
To this combination Walter Scott provides a number of ferocious Norman villains, the mythical Robin Hood, a Shakespearean "wise fool" who continuously bargains wryly sardonic reviews at the motion, and a sidelong examine English anti-Semitism, as a couple of Jewish characters, the gorgeous Rebecca and her father, Isaac of York, alternately defend and garner security from Ivanhoe.
With its clanging swords, burning castles, damsels in misery, and kings in cover, Ivanhoe is still Scott’s best-loved novel of historic romance.