Ivanhoe

Ivanhoe

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Fight on, brave knights! Man dies, but glory lives!

Banished from England for seeking to marry against his father's wishes, Ivanhoe joins Richard the Lion Heart on a crusade in the Holy Land. On his return, his passionate desire is to be reunited with the beautiful but forbidden lady Rowena, but he soon finds himself playing a more dangerous game as he is drawn into a bitter power struggle between the noble King Richard and his evil and scheming brother John. The first of Scott's novels to address a purely English subject, Ivanhoe is set in a highly romanticized medieval world of tournaments and sieges, chivalry and adventure where dispossessed Saxons are pitted against their Norman overlords, and where the historical and fictional seamlessly merge.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 544 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 23mm | 372g
  • Penguin Classics
  • London, England, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0140436588
  • 9780140436587
  • 116,253

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Ivanhoe returns home from the Holy Wars to claim Princess Rowena for his bride. In his absence, Prince John has rallied Norman troops to take his brother's throne, and Ivanhoe must demonstrate his strength to protect the kingdom from the lawless usurpers - and be reunited with the woman he loves.
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About Walter Scott

Walter Scott (1771-1832) was born and educated in Edinburgh. He published several volumes of poetry and turned down the offer of the laureateship before concentrating on fiction. He is credited with establishing the form of the historical novel.
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