!Kindle ♸ Ivanhoe ♿ Ivanhoe Was The First Of Scott S Novels To Adopt A Purely English Subject And Was Also His First Attempt To Combine History And Romance, Which Later Influenced Victorian Medievalism Set At The Time Of The Norman Conquest, Ivanhoe Returns From The Crusades To Claim His Inheritance And The Love Of Rowena And Becomes Involved In The Struggle Between Richard Coeur De Lion And His Norman Brother John The Gripping Narrative Is Structured By A Series Of Conflicts Saxon Versus Norman, Christian Versus Jew, Men Versus Women, Played Out Against Scott S Unflinching Moral Realism
It is hard to know what to say about Ivanhoe It is part Robin Hood style adventure, part history and full of thematic richness I was surprised that Ivanhoe himself figures into this tale somewhat sporadically There are many characters who receive in depth development, and the Jewess Rebecca is fully developed than the heroine, Rowena The attitudes toward Jews in the novel make one uncomfortable in the same way that you feel when reading The Merchant of Venice It is obvious that Scott himself does not sanction this view of Jews, but even the characters who admire and are helped by Rebecca make comments regarding being defiled by her presence or touch I constantly had to attempt to put myself into the time in question and remind myself that this is history and to have written it any other way would have been false.It is easy to see why Sir Walter Scott was a popular writer in his time and has survived The story is fun, in the same way tales of King Arthur and his Knights are The descriptions of the lists and tournaments are vivid portrayals There are plot surprises, there is laughter, particularly in the forms of a jester and a Thane, and there is familiarity in the characters that we have seen time and again from this era, Richard the Lion Hearted, Robin Hood and his Merry Men, and the evil King John. 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 quite 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 strain.Ivanhoe 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 antiquary, 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 medieval.The 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 glory.Whereas in medieval tales the focus is almost always on individual heroism expressed through valor and strength of arms, these qualities 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 understandable.If 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. 930 Ivanhoe, Sir Walter ScottIvanhoe is a historical novel by Sir Walter Scott, first published in 1820 in three volumes and subtitled A Romance At the time it was written it represented a shift by Scott away from fairly realistic novels set in Scotland in the comparatively recent past, to a somewhat fanciful depiction of medieval England It has proved to be one of the best known and most influential of Scott s novels Ivanhoe is the story of one of the remaining Saxon noble families at a time when the nobility in England was overwhelmingly Norman It follows the Saxon protagonist, Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe, who is out of favour with his father for his allegiance to the Norman king Richard the Lionheart The story is set in 1194, after the failure of the Third Crusade, when many of the Crusaders were still returning to their homes in Europe King Richard, who had been captured by Leopold of Austria on his return journey to England, was believed to still be in captivity 2014 1320 160 11 17 19 1189 1199 1364 174 12 1386 298 9789643059545 1363 87 12 1375 159 9649004653 1386 208 9789642621224 1388 174 9789642621224 Hearken, he Brian de Bois Guilbert said, Rebecca I have hitherto spoken mildly to thee, but now my language shall be that of a conqueror 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 quotes 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 say.Brian de Bois Guilbert and poor RebeccaTook me one month 19 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 quite entertaining it often drags, especially when that damned de Bois Guilbert is delivering his interminable gabble.It 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 Torquilstone, 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 discovery.The Black Knight though he retains both arms in this book OK, now I am going to get medieval on this book Actually, on reflection, I quite 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 ina 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 them.I can t really recommend Ivanhoe, personally, I will stick to Alexandre Dumas for medieval badassery.Notes 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, eh QuotesI 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 bestAnd 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 exquisitely 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 beseechetc That is the most elaborate description of a woman I have ever seenTo all true English hearts, and to the confusion of foreign tyrants Here is a de Bois Guilbert specialNo, 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, Marquis 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 queen, 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 sceptreSTFU I have decided to put down this book and not finish it 2 3 of the way in, the reason being that while it was interesting to read about the old times of knights, tournaments and great battles at castles, it wasn t in any way interesting enough for me to keep on reading I feel like being this far in, I ve already gotten out of the story what I possibly could, and I don t really care about how everything s going to end Funnily enough, I was originally under the impression that this was going to be a children story written in a somewhat easily accessible language Turned out I was completely wrong It s a classic story for adults written in a rather dense 1820s language Maybe my disappointment is part of the reason why I don t really feel like finishing it. Note, March 17, 2014 I posted this review some time ago, but just finished tweaking the language in one sentence to clarify a thought.Obviously, this novel won t be every reader s cup of tea the author s 19th century diction will be too much of a hurdle for some, those who define novels of action and adventure as shallow will consider it beneath them, and those who want non stop action will be bored by Scott s serious effort to depict the life and culture of his medieval setting But those who appreciate adventure and romance in a well realized setting, and aren t put off by big words and involved syntax, will find this a genuinely rewarding read Ivanhoe is a quintessentially Romantic novel, and that school stressed appeal to the reader s emotions rather than, or at least so than, their intellects But this does not mean it s devoid of a philosophical or moral point of view Novels of action and combat appeal to emotions of fear and excitement, etc., but at their best, they often presuppose a code of conduct between humans that differentiates between good and evil, and cast the conflict in the story in those terms, with the writer on the side of good and the various characters may model genuine virtues This is definitely the case here And the small r romantic aspect of the plot in this book is not a simple tale of boy falls for girl, either the above description identifies Rowena as Ivanhoe s true love, but in fact he comes to have very definite romantic feelings toward Rebecca as well, and the question of how how this triangle will be resolved contributes to the story s interest Rebecca s character also brings an added depth to the novel she s a strong, courageous lady who excels in a male dominated profession in the midst of a sexist society and the 19th century culture of Scott s readers was scarcely less sexist than Rebecca s medieval world Scott s treatment of her, as a Jewish character, also exemplifies genuine tolerance in a much different sense than the inverted one popularized today, in which we simply proclaim ourselves as apostles of tolerance, but then hate and anathematize anyone who disagrees with us, because their different beliefs identify them as intolerant as an Anglican, he has honest differences with her religious beliefs, but he can enthusiastically affirm her as a person anyway, and, as an author, allow her to remain true to her own beliefs So, there s a lot here for the discerning reader to appreciate Ivanhoe Seriously Could there be a arbitrary title to any famous book in the English language It would be like naming Lost Benjamin Linus, or naming the original Dragonlance Chronicles Caramon Majere This isn t a book about Ivanhoe, it s a book with Ivanhoe in it.Sir Walter Scott must have been sitting around his room with his DD dice to come up with Ivanhoe Random Title List for Unnamed Book I Just Finished Writing About King Richard s Return From the Crusades and the Defeat of His Slightly Crazy Brother Prince JohnRoll 1d201 Lady Rowena2 Brian de Bois Guilbert3 Front de Boeuf4 Friar Tuck5 Isaac the Jew6 The Black Knight7 Cedric8 Ivanhoe9 Richard Coeur de Lion10 Prince John11 Athelstane12 Wamba13 Rebecca14 Albert Malvoisin15 Waldemar Fitzurse16 Gurth17 Maurice de Bracy18 Locksley19 Ulrica20 MeAnd by the wayI liked it It was fun. I love d this book and was torn between 4 and 5 stars Can we call it 4.5 Heck, let s just say 5 I read it first long ago and it holds up well over the years its and yours A classic for a reason.You ll find synopsis after synopsis here and elsewhere But if you like adventure, heroism, romance, loyalty, betrayalany or all of the above you won t go wrong here.King Richard the Lion HeartRobin Hood Locksley Knights TemplarSaxons vs NormansGentiles vs Jews.Knights from the Crusades.Tournamentsjoustsmeleestreacherysingle combatlovelossreconciliationheroics This thing has to offer than The Princess Bride Well, no one gets murdered by piratesand it is a kissing book , but it s still a great read, and it s a classic so you get extra points Okay, so my sense of humor got the best of me for a second there While this book may not appeal to some, as it is definitely dated, it was written in 1819, and its syntax and construction aren t what modern readers will be used to, that won t bother most I d think I read this book first when I was 13 or 14 I stumbled across it in a grandparent s house one summer, and it captured my interest The book is a historical fiction and an action adventure of it s day and while it may not move as today s action adventures do, there is so much than that here The depth of the prose blows away what we might call action adventure today There is high adventure here that should please adventure lovers and the romantics among us When Sir Desdichado challenged the entire field at the joust I was hooked Yep, on second thought no question, 5 stars This book is highly recommended. Sometimes I m in the middle of complaining to Joanne that some book, which I told Joanne before I started was probably going to be boring and stupid, is indeed boring and stupid, and I plan to complain about it being boring and stupid for the next week because it s also long, and Joanne says silly things like Why would you even start a book that you think will be boring and stupid Ivanhoe is why Sometimes I m wrong I thought Ivanhoe would be boring and stupid, but it s a blast.Flesh WoundsHere s the test for whether you ll like it have you ever liked any story even just one story with a knight in it If you re not totally immune to knights clanking about flinging gauntlets at each other, you should like Ivanhoe It s the apotheosis of knight bashing There are damsels in distress, and a terrific response by one of them a great scheming old crone in a tower a wicked prince a thrilling castle siege and note those are usually not thrilling, it s just super hard to write large scale battle scenes that work, but here you go mystery knights in black a lusty brawling priest even an outlaw bowman dressed in green Is his identity supposed to be a secret Because it s not, neither is the Black Knight s If none of those things sound fun to you.well, we can still read Mansfield Park together.Uh oh, JewsThe one thing I should mention that doesn t sit perfectly with me is sigh, here we go again Isaac the Jew And look, Scott s major point, which he makes again and again, is how awful bigotry towards Jews is well, was, in 1200 He s constantly showing people being dicks to Isaac and then writing things like Man, he sure is being a dick to that poor Jew He uses the word bigot like 50 times Buuuuut, the fact remains that Isaac is indeed a craven caricature, a Barabas, so one gets the unsettling impression that Scott is having it both ways I mean, Scott actually explains it he s like, We ve left this poor race no place in society but as money lenders, we ve constantly oppressed them, it s our fault they ve become avaricious we don t allow them to be anything else And you re like ehhhhhh, man, but didn t you make Isaac up in your own brain I dunno I m vexed by the portrayal of Isaac I don t get super hater vibes I kinda suspect Scott is doing his best and it s just sortof an ass headed effort But prospective readers are due a warning depending on your own feelings, you may find this totally unobjectionable or incredibly offensive He s a major character.Walter Scott in ContextScott is sometimes called the inventor of historical fiction He s also sometimes called shitty EM Forster says that To make things happen one after another is his only serious aim Scott can t do characters he can t even do plots He just presents a series of scenes He has the power to present the outside of a character and to work from the outside to the inside, says Pritchett But once inside, he discovers only what is generic But then there s David Lodge calling Scott the single Shakespearean talent of the English novel All of these things are hyperbole It s true that characterization is not Scott s strong point lot of archetypes here but everyone s entertaining and memorable enough it s okay not to be a psychologist Scott s super fun to read, and that s great.and in Central ParkFor some reason Central Park has a statue of him, which I went to visit as I read Ivanhoe Here it is Over on the other side in shade, so the pic I took from that side doesn t show it at all is his dog He looks like a nice guy, doesn t he I like him.