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Ivanhoe AUTHOR Walter Scott characters ó 104 ï ❮Epub❯ ➟ Ivanhoe ➞ Author Walter Scott – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk The classic epic of chivalry and courtly love features the disinherited knight Ivanhoe his fair lady Rowena and such larger than life characters as Richard the Lion Hearted and Robin Hood ThThe classic epic of chivalry and courtly love features the disinherited knight Ivanhoe his fair l. I believe Ivanhoe just misses being a great novel for two reasons First of all its characters although not without subtlety lack depth The exception to the rule is the “Jewess” Rebecca Secondly Scott’s style—at least as demonstrated here—suffers from a wordiness that continually dissipates the novel’s power It is nevertheless an impressive achievement original in conception rich in themes formidable in architecture and powerful in its effects

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Ovel of the Crusades chivalry and courtly love not only recreates history but made history as wel. “Hearken” he Brian de Bois Guilbert said “Rebecca; I have hitherto spoken mildly to thee but now my language shall be that of a conueror Thou art the captive of my bow and spear—subject to my will by the laws of all nations; nor will I abate an inch of my right or abstain from taking by violence what thou refusest to entreaty or necessity”“Stand back” said Rebecca—“which portion of “no” dost thou not comprehend Kindly desist from thou crapulous Trumpery posthaste”Some of the above uotes hath indeed been tampered with from Sir Walter Scott’s original text Apologies to all purists Honestly I cannot stand that longwinded de Bois Guilbert What a silly bunt as Eric Idle would sayBrian de Bois Guilbert and poor RebeccaTook me one month19 days to read this audio book I would have read it faster if it had been compelling but Ivanhoe is not an easy book to read the olde English dialogue takes getting used to and while some of it is uite entertaining it often drags especially when that damned de Bois Guilbert is delivering his interminable gabbleIt is hard to summarize what the novel is about as it is so fragmented Set in the 12th century the novel sort of follows Wilfred Ivanhoe as he returns from the Holy Land after the Third Crusade has ended He soon entered a jousting tournament and jousted the asses off the other competitors Ivanhoe wins the tournament but is gravely injured after his foes ganged up on him; fortunately a mysterious Black Knight shows up to aid him He is then taken to Rebecca the Jewess Ivanhoe his Dad Rebecca and others are soon kidnapped by dastardly Norman Maurice de Bracy a friend of the verbal diarrhea afflicted de Bois Guilbert They are taken to Toruilstone the castle of Front de Boeuf another antagonist The Black Knight soon comes to the rescue with the help of the sharp shootin’ Robin Hood Friar Tuck and many other hipster outlaw types Many events follow and await your discoveryThe Black Knight though he retains both arms in this bookOK now I am going to get medieval on this book Actually on reflection I uite like Ivanhoe though I was often frustrated when it grinds to a halt shut up de Bois Guilbert By the end I felt it definitely outstayed its welcome I am surprised we don’t see that much of the eponymous hero he does not show up until page 50 or so after his jousting injuries he disappears from the narrative for many pages only to become active again towards the end His climactic battle with that damn de Bois Guilbert is a disappointment and very WTF WilfredSir Walter Scott's prose is a thing pf beauty and I even like the olde English once I got used to it The story while fragmented is good and not hard to follow My only complaint is that for a “Romance” as in “a medieval tale dealing with a hero of chivalry” not a story of smooches and heartbreaks it is not very thrilling Sir Walter does write very good fight scenes but those are too few and far between to effectively liven up the narrative There is just too much dialogue and that damn de Bois Guilbert just goes on and on and on repeating himself in his attempt to get into poor Rebecca’s pants Apart from him the characterization is generally very good I particularly like Wamba the jester and Robin Hood especially when he is showing off The humorous bits work for me but again there is too little of themI can’t really recommend Ivanhoe personally I will stick to Alexandre Dumas for medieval badasseryNotes• The Normans and the Saxons have an acrimonious relationship but they agree on one thing their disdain for the Jews The most put upon characters in the book• Richard the Lionheart really lives up to his name and seems to enjoy ass kicking than ruling the land• Audiobook from Librivox read by various readers some are pretty good some are not so good but bearable Whatchoo want for free ehuotes “I pray thee uncle” answered the Jester “let my folly for once protect my roguery I did but make a mistake between my right hand and my left; and he might have pardoned a greater who took a fool for his counsellor and guide”Wamba is the best “And now” said Locksley “I will crave your Grace’s permission to plant such a mark as is used in the North Country; and welcome every brave yeoman who shall try a shot at it to win a smile from the bonny lass he loves best” “Formed in the best proportions of her sex Rowena was tall in stature yet not so much so as to attract observation on account of superior height Her complexion was exuisitely fair but the noble cast of her head and features prevented the insipidity which sometimes attaches to fair beauties Her clear blue eye which sat enshrined beneath a graceful eyebrow of brown sufficiently marked to give expression to the forehead seemed capable to kindle as well as melt to command as well as to beseech” etc That is the most elaborate description of a woman I have ever seen “To all true English hearts and to the confusion of foreign tyrants”Here is a de Bois Guilbert special “No damsel” said the proud Templar springing up “thou shalt not thus impose on me—if I renounce present fame and future ambition I renounce it for thy sake and we will escape in company Listen to me Rebecca” he said again softening his tone; “England—Europe—is not the world There are spheres in which we may act ample enough even for my ambition We will go to Palestine where Conrade Maruis of Montserrat is my friend—a friend free as myself from the doting scruples which fetter our free born reason—rather with Saladin will we league ourselves than endure the scorn of the bigots whom we contemn—I will form new paths to greatness” he continued again traversing the room with hasty strides—“Europe shall hear the loud step of him she has driven from her sons—Not the millions whom her crusaders send to slaughter can do so much to defend Palestine—not the sabres of the thousands and ten thousands of Saracens can hew their way so deep into that land for which nations are striving as the strength and policy of me and those brethren who in despite of yonder old bigot will adhere to me in good and evil Thou shalt be a ueen Rebecca—on Mount Carmel shall we pitch the throne which my valour will gain for you and I will exchange my long desired batoon for a sceptre” STFU

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Ivanhoe AUTHOR Walter ScoAdy Rowena and such larger than life characters as Richard the Lion Hearted and Robin Hood This n. In Ivanhoe Scott skillfully undermines the alienating characteristics of the medieval gothic while taking advantage of its familiarity to and popularity with nineteenth century audiences Although containing elements reminiscent of the earlier gothic such as the corruption and intrigue of religious orders the madness of Ulrica and the burning alive of Front de Beouf in his castle it also pokes fun at some of the wilder elements of this genre the resurrected phantom of Athelstane for instance turns out to be uite alive and in search of a decent meal Scott is clear in his rejection of supernatural devices and rather than the scenes of emotional breakdown and overwhelming passion common in earlier gothics his characters by and large behave with the rationality and self control that would have been regarded as admirable by the author’s contemporaries Throughout the story Scott attempts to have his characters behave as modernly as they could without ahistoricism By avoiding the distasteful areas of superstition madness and popery Scott made it possible for nineteenth century readers to sympathize fully with the actors and to imagine themselves in the characters’ places without uneasiness or mental strainIvanhoe was presented in the overtly fictional voice of the translator Templeton as a medieval account rendered into modern language Historical anachronisms are thus not authorial errors but deliberate attempts to make the text accessible to contemporary readers Scott constructed a debate between Templeton and the likewise fictional antiuary Dr Dryasdust who accuses the translator of “polluting the well of history with modern inventions” Scott replies in the person of Templeton “I may have confused the manners of two or three centuries It is my comfort that errors of this kind escape the general class of readers and that I may share in the ill deserved applause of those architects who in their modern Gothic do not hesitate to introduce without rule or method ornaments proper to different styles and to different periods of art” Scott this warns his audience that Ivanhoe should not be read as an attempt to recreate nor to modernize as Leland did and as Scott had done when he wrote in Middle English a Continuation of the poem Sir Tristem which was intended to be a believable imitation of the medieval text a medieval romance Although Scott was widely read in medieval romances and often alluded to them he did not model Ivanhoe on a particular medieval tale and makes no attempt to imitate an authentic medieval style Neither his language his plotting nor his ideology are or were intended to be genuinely medievalThe plot of Ivanhoe and other of Scott’s works likewise reveals less nostalgia than is often assumed It is commonplace to state as Alice Chandler does in her seminal work A Dream of Order The Medieval Ideal in Nineteenth Century English Literature that Scott’s medievalism “brought to an increasingly urbanized industrialized and atomistic society the vision of a stable and harmonious social order substituting the paternal benevolence of manor and guild for the harshness of city and factory and offering the clear air and open fields of the medieval past in place of the blackening skies of England” While this was indeed a part of the appeal of Scott’s tales it oversimplifies Scott’s complex attitudes toward the Middle Ages and ignores the conclusion with which several of his novels end Scott was far from giving unreserved approval to the medieval past Even in regards to his most sympathetic characters he offers points of criticism In describing the heroic Richard for example he remarked on the “wild spirit of chivalry” which urged the king to risk unreasonable dangers “In the lion hearted king the brilliant but useless character of a knight of romance was in a great measure realized and revived his feats of chivalry furnishing themes for bards and minstrels but affording none of those solid benefits to his country on which history loves to pause and hold up as an example to posterity” Scott goes so far as to imply that the sullen fidelity of the serf Gurth is admirable than the reckless courage and self pleasing and licentious chivalry of the royal Richard; freedom and honor rest for Scott on responsibility and loyalty to the social covenant not on personal gloryWhereas in medieval tales the focus is almost always on individual heroism expressed through valor and strength of arms these ualities play a large but ultimately superficial role in Ivanhoe In the final anticlimactic duel at Rebecca’s trial for example Ivanhoe does not defeat the tempestuous villain by skill; in fact the other characters all agree that Bois Guilbert would certainly have won the contest were he not so conflicted in his feelings for Rebecca that he collapses on the field without being struck by his opponent Beneath the exciting trappings of jousts abductions and political intrigues the central motivating tension of Ivanhoe rests on the disruption of familial relationships and the struggle to restore those relationships to their proper order Even the political struggle between King Richard and Prince John is a fraternal conflict; and Richard recognizes that his royal duties include reconciling Ivanhoe with his father This reconciliation is in fact his most important success insofar as Scott suggests that Richard is a good king it is because he unites England in loyalty to his person as he unites the disrupted families he encounters on his adventures The emphasis on familial order gives a different role to women than would be found in a genuinely medieval tale In medieval chivalric romances concerning male competition the female figures occur secondarily as lesser prizes to be won in addition to glory or honor The nineteenth century ideal of domestic harmony and its association with political order gave women a important role than did medieval political ideology In the jousts and duels of Ivanhoe Rowena is the primary object of the struggle between the main character and his opponent Rowena’s genealogical importance to legitimate Saxon claims of rule is emphasized by Cedric but in the end she encourages Saxon assimilation rather than independence by marrying Ivanhoe who has cast his lot with Richard Her rejection of Athelstane signals the end of Cedric’s plan for renewed Saxon dominance a plan which Scott marks as backward looking and unrealistic if understandableIf Scott in fact advocates a medieval revival it is not of the feudal system or of Anglo Saxonism but of what he understood as medieval virtues self sacrifice emotion rather than sentimentality loyalty not only to one’s leaders but also to one’s followers These attributes were based on an integrated system of personal relationships between members of a clan or family between lords and vassals or serfs between subjects and ruler Scott depicts these relationships as essentially personal and familial rather than abstract and national or bureaucratic which they were rapidly becoming in his own lifetime